Losing the Lawn

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My neighbor pulled beside me on my daily walk and rolled down her window. “Sorry,” she said apologetically, “but my lawn mower is on the fritz.” I ask you = Do I look like the type of person who loves a lawn? Do I strike you as the type who goes ballistic at the first hint of a dandelion? So I had to respond, “Have you looked at my lawn lately?” She rolled up her window and went home. Hopefully, she then noticed for the first time that my lawn has disappeared. In its place have sprouted alliums, heucheras, ornamental grasses, herbs and bulbs.

I’m just experimenting with this. But so far, so good. I’ve never been much of a missionary (except perhaps trying to convince everyone on earth to plant a terrarium…and trying to persuade the world to unilaterally adopt houseplants…and encouraging gardeners to loosen up…and etc…). Basically, you do your thing and I’ll do mine. But I would secretly love it if lawns vanished from the face of the earth forever. Before she rolled down her window to tell me that her lawn’s liberation was a terrible mistake, I thought my neighbor’s little lawn mutiny was Right On.

As for my side of the street, I’m lovin’ it. So are the pollinators. What started as a few dots of species tulips and some dwarf narcissus here and there has progressed into a stampede of Allium karataviense. Then the clusters of densely planted Allium moly ‘Jeannine’ took over between Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’. By the way, I stumbled on the clustering idea just because the bulbs of A. ‘Jeannine’ are too small to put in (easily) individually. But I now truly believe the trick to doing the little yellow ‘Jeannine’ effectively is to jumble them together in masses.

In the future, I see sprigs of Allium sphaerocephalon already budded up between Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ as it begins to stretch. Ever notice that panicums don’t really make a statement until late in the season? This is my solution. Okay, I’m a confessed sensationalist. But sprinkling in a herd of drumstick alliums shows promise for pleasing the drive-by crowd. And earlier in spring, Geum ‘Bell Bank’ gave it a perky color boost. I’ll let you know how it shakes down.

You guessed it = The secret to all this insanity is mass. Yes, I’m heavily influenced by Piet Oudolf. Based on his gardens, I snitched the formula for groupings of 9 of this and 13 of that. But in my case, bulbs are intrinsic. And I probably won’t build up the height that he achieves. Instead, I’m going for a bowl effect because I’m planting around some shrubs. And it’s not a large space — my house is only footsteps from the street.

So far, it’s been quite the odyssey and it delights me no end. To keep maintenance low and to keep pollinators humming, and also because I like to eat well but not bland, I’ve infused the configuration with plenty of herbs. Hopefully, those herbs will pick up the beat later in the season. More on that later.

The proof is in the pictures, but this is only my lawn rebellion’s second year. I’m still finessing the look. I’ll keep you posted of progress and check www.plantswise.com for plant profiles and confessions of things that have run amok. But so far, how am I doing?

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william martin June 14, 2011, 4:43 am

Great stuff..I stayed with your Mr Greenlee during a Nth Amer talky tour back in 2006..I am sure he will approve!!
Best
wm
ps I have an extensive garden but only 2 tiny patches of grass..but they ain’t really lawns!

I am so honored to have this conversation with you, William. I went to http://www.wigandia.com and your work is phenomenal. But I’m going to have to get my ornamental grass mojo together before this passes Mr. Greenlee’s approval. I figure that gardening is actually one experiment after another. And I totally agree — you need a little lawn as a breather between “happenings.” —Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 4:44 am

pp.ss. Australia suffers the same lawn scourge as the usa!

It must be infinitely more painful to keep greensward going Down Under. No? Personally, I got tired of crabgrass. But the gardens on your site are DIVINE. When are you coming to the States again? — Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 5:39 am

Again..I have often thought if all the time/energy and resources poured into the lawn over the many decades were used for more creative gardening the world would be a different place..such a terrible waste. I have a theory that the last big influence (transported to many western countries) in standard garden design was the work of Capability Brown..think about it..broad acres of rolling (and flat) grazed pasture (lawn) a damned stream or 2 (garden pond) a scattering of trees (shrubs in lawn) and the worst of all ‘features’ ..a bridge over the water..need i go on?

I was just going to comment = I wonder where this all got started? You’re reading my mind, William. And don’t get me started on bridges…I have goats, though, so I’m totally cool with pastures…but a pasture is a lawn with a purpose and a personality. — Tovah

Chookie June 14, 2011, 5:52 am

Not quite as bad, William — we don’t expect lawns to be green in midsummer!

There you go, Chookie. I knew that sanity prevailed elsewhere in the world.—Tovah

Cathy June 14, 2011, 6:53 am

Tovah, I so love your posts. You are such a lady after my own heart LOL .And I love the effect of mass plantings of bulbs and other perennials. Your low growing plantings that are creeping through your lawn are stunning!

Before we got married in 2003, we were having that universal pre-marital discussion about division of household labor. My then husband-to-be told me that he was open to most chores around the house but that he really disliked mowing the lawn. Perhaps we could hire someone? I told him that I had a better idea.

We have no more lawn except for a very narrow strip of grass forming a walkway to the garden shed – and that is rapidly disappearing. We have converted our entire half acre yard into a series of gardens.

It’s a good thing he likes to weed. We are out there every morning, rain or shine attempting to bring order to chaos. I would never point out to him that we spend far more time weeding than he ever would have spent mowing the same area had we left it lawn.

I’ll have to read through your archives to learn more about the 9 -13 groupings. We usually plant bulbs in large masses – anywhere from 15-25 – but with our perennials, we have naturally gravitated toward planting things in clusters of odd numbers, often 5 or 9. It seems to resonate with our aesthetic and has become something of a trademark. This weekend, we were buying some peonies at one of our favorite nurseries for a garden we built for the Masonic Lodge. When we I asked the perennial manager where the tree peonies were, she said “Right over there, but I don’t think we have 9.”

Oops, Cathy, I should have made that point clearer. The bulbs are in quantities of 200 and up. Allium karataviense is in quantities of 1,000s by now. I add every year to get the density. The perennials are in quantities of 13 or so usually. I just find a space and fill it. Then I play with plant partners in it. Who cares what the neighbors think? But I mean, really, how do people warm up to their lawn? How do you embrace something with absolutely no character? How did we all fall into worshipping the same false image? —Tovah

'nora June 14, 2011, 7:31 am

I’m breathless. I must have that Geum ‘Bell Bank’ for my own.

As for the horrible history of American lawn idolatry, Michael Pollan’s first book, Second Nature actually gets into that a bit. Interesting, if appalling, stuff.

The only source that I know for Geum ‘Bell Bank’ is Opus in RI. I think his website is http://www.opustopiarium.com I know that he’s selling at the Sakonnet symposium this weekend. I’ll have to get out my Second Nature and check it again. I always thanked Andrew Jackson Downing for trying to gussy up the lawn and add vines, etc to the scene. — Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 7:38 am

Chookie thanks but I believe you are Sydney?
The history of Victorian lawns is about keep em green right throughout summer.. the recent 10 year of drought and water restrictions tempered that culture a little but it is an ingrained tradition.
Hells Bells a report in recent years showed AU uses more water per person than the USA.
This in the driest Continent and one of the driest countries of the world!

But the question remains = does anyone over there have acres of the green stuff that they try to quench? I think that Australian water usage is only higher than the USA because you folks don’t have 6 months of winter. —Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 7:52 am

Tovah, Dear old Greenlee comes across as a hard man but really is a softy ! (for an LA person)
His thrust for lawn clearance is to plant other types of grasses (he does own a large grass nursery!) but i suspect this is his standard sermon and he has a few others which include other plant life! His family home garden in S.F. is a delightful smothering of all types of plants with not a (dare I say it) lawn in sight!
Thanks for your kind words about my site stuff..My photo link goes nowhere as i am about to discontinue my smugmug photo site as it is expensive and a slow internet speed here (very rural) does not allow fast upload of full size photo’s (for storage purposes) and anyway no-one wants to buy em!
The garden on my site is my home garden!
I have not been asked to return ‘stateside’ so probably will not be back! Generally only authors of books are given out invitations to speak and i am much too lazy to write one..the world is overfilled with garden related books! Good excuse?

Very, very lame excuses, William. What we need is a book that opens doors rather than going into the same rooms over and over again. You’ve got so much to say. Do it, William. Just do it. And I’m not just saying that to get you over here. There are plenty of venues who invite great gardeners who aren’t authors. Have you ever done the North Hill Symposium? I did have trouble getting on your site on the first try but then it loaded beautifully. But it’s the photos that blew me off my seat. The presentation was cool, but the photos were like WOW!—Tovah

professorroush June 14, 2011, 8:10 am

Tovah, I’m in complete agreement, and am trying my own alternative to “lawn” (in opposition to spousal wishes). I’m more lazy though, and as my “lawn” is mostly prairie grass, I’m just leaving large areas unmowed to see if the prairie wildflowers will fill in, as noted on my blogs at http://kansasgardenmusings.blogspot.com/2011/06/june-native-wildflowers-ii.html and at http://kansasgardenmusings.blogspot.com/2011/06/june-native-wildflowers-i.html

Lucky you with the prairie grass. You didn’t have to plug in bluestems? In the backyard, I have a huge meadow that I mow in late autumn only. But the goldenrod has thugged out almost everything. I keep trying to infuse Joe Pye, beebalm, yarrow, etc and the goldenrod wins every round. Advice?—Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:20 am

LOOK no lawn!
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a154/Yosser53/P1110272_DxO-1.jpg
BUT borrowed pasture!
i will think about your good advice Tovah! The last thing I want to write is a GARDENING book ..more about ‘immersion’ !
My last tour began in LA and all along the west coast (the Mediterranean zone) ending in Victoria B.C. with a couple of foray’s inland W.A. ..18 dates in about a month almost killed me ..

Lord in Heaven! What a scene! Everyone take a look at this. I mean…I wish…I’m going to put this picture under my pillow for the tooth fairy to find…Ummm = William, 18 dates in a month means we love you. Please come again.—Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:36 am

Tovah southern australia generally has sufficient rainfall for 8 months of the year to keep lawns green and the other 4 are about irrigation. Traditionally most au homes sat on about a quarter acre of land..plenty with larger area’s. The more recent trend is to have smaller allotments and of course people are building massive houses (too big) that fill the blocks and lawns are sortof disappearing or shrinking. Putting aside the silly waste of water and all the other additives it is truly the dullest and unimaginative way to decorate ones land! We live in beige times!

Now that’s a statement of pure genius = We Live in Beige Times. And our footprints become more pompous by the minute. Sometimes I wonder if my front garden is a little over-the-top in a Victorian bedding plant sort of way. Then I think = but who doesn’t love a carnival? You can look at the lawn down the street if you want to snooze.–Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:38 am

thanks for your nod bout my photo’s Tovah..I have many thousands sitting in my archives..Very handy for screen savers!

And for lectures…But I ask you, would every day be different if you were photographing lawn?—Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:46 am

Tovah.. an amusing story.. When I did my US talky tour I decided that the standard issue talk PP presentation was way to boring and predictable so i introduced video..I had a friend make a short movie of my work and used that! After my S.F. garden show talk Mr Greenlee was so taken with the concept he went on to use this medium and so too Dan Hinkley when he saw my use of it a couple of years later at a talk fest here in AU..I couldn’t believe the good old usa had not cottoned on to the concept years ago!(where is hollywood!) its a funny world!

My favorite lectures are folks who stand up and do it live. What happened to interacting with an audience? Just saying…–Tovah

Cathy June 14, 2011, 8:55 am

I should clarify too… it’s so easy to think that the person you are commenting to can read your mind LOL.

We plant the perennials usually in groups of 5,7, or 9. Rarely 3 unless they are very large plants in a contained area, but never just one (unless it’s a tree or shrub), and always an odd number.

In terms of bulbs, we also have planted thousands. We usually dig a spot for 15-25 bulbs (depends on how many are in the bag LOL) and then a spot next to it for more, and one next to that, etc. We’ve planted over 5,000 bulbs on our property and this fall, I think we are going to have to dig many of the clumps and reset them as some of the clumps are getting very dense.

I could never cosy up to grass either. My feeling is that if it isn’t a golf course, a lawn is a waste of prime gardening real estate.

I’m not going to even venture into the domain of whether a golf course is a waste of space. But seriously, how about when you’re trying a new plant out that you’ve never grown before? I had to break into threes when I was working with some newbies and didn’t know how they’d pan out. Just didn’t want to chance the investment. Gotta tell you = plowing crews are a killer. I can’t put anything evergreen anywhere near the road.–Tovah

Byddi Lee - We didn't come here for the grass... June 14, 2011, 10:06 am

I am no lawn lover and like you would love to see a lot less of them. Great post!

Years ago I had a friend who restored prairies far ahead of her time. When I spoke to her at the age of eighty-something years old she said to me, “I’ve got a new mission.” What was that, I wondered? “I’m going to eradicate lawn grass in this country.” I’ve joined her army.—Tovah

UrsulaV June 14, 2011, 1:59 pm

Those little alliums are marvelous! Alas, looks like they want well-drained soil…my clay would probably rot ‘em out. Darn.

If you’ve tried and failed with alliums before, I fear they might not be your ticket, Ursula. OR, you could lace that soil with sand…just an idea.—Tovah

professorroush June 14, 2011, 2:50 pm

Heck Tovah, I’d be happy with a Goldenrod thug; although I guess maybe not if it were the only plant in a large area. Time wll tell for my prairie garden and I certainly have no real suggestions for you (cause you’re the expert here and I’m just a stumbling amateur). But, I wonder if a good spring burn would help suppress your Goldenrod in favor of something else? Certainly, there’s good research to suggest that about every 3-5 years supports the greatest number of forb species here on the TallGrass prairie.

Sorry, no burning here. I live in the center of town and it took me half a year just to get a burn permit for a little brush. But I did some research on a prairie in Kansas and know that burning is the way to go = when you don’t have close neighbors. I tried mowing at different times of year = spring vs autumn. Made no difference.–Tovah

Cathy June 14, 2011, 6:12 pm

Tovah, if we’ve been trying something we’ve never tried before, we’ve still usually planted a fair number of them – 5 anyway, if it’s a perennial flower. Part of the reason for that was because we had so much space to fill. ;) We started with a flat double house lot (1/2 acre) that was 90% grass, came up with a design plan for the yard, built all of these beds, and then we had to plant them.

From the beginning, we put in clusters of different perennials to see how they would do. We had a lot of empty space for several years (waiting for the perennials to reach maturity and to see which ones would work out best) and we filled in the empty space with annuals.

We’ve learned a lot by trial and error and have a pretty good sense of what kinds of plants will and won’t do well, but we’ve had some things not do as we anticipated (those are the ones that we are left with one or two as the others didn’t survive). I am a glutton for punishment with some things – different lavender varieties for one…. asters for another. (I can’t grow an aster here to save my life!)

We’ve also had the opposite happen – bought only a few and they worked out well and then we couldn’t get more, which left us propagating them or scrambling to find more. ;)

My guess is that now that our beds are almost filled, and our last little piece of grass is shrinking monthly, if we decide to try something new, we’ll be more inclined to try one or two, since we don’t have the same need to fill in space that we’ve had in years past. It has taken us the better part of 7 years to fill 31 separate, distinct beds.

As for golf, all I can tell you is that at the very least, it’s “green space”, and although we don’t get to do it very often, DH and I do enjoy golfing on occasion.

I’m guessing that what I’m doing is very similar to your stunt, except that you added annuals and I put in bulbs. But many plants that I’m working with — such as heuchera and salvia and geum — aren’t going to expand greatly. And if they do, I’ll just divide them up. My friend Steve Silk has a name for folks like me = we’re the “jam and cram” types = no patience to wait for perfection. I wish I was more like you, Cathy.–Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:07 pm

Tovah i would have thought “over the top” is infinitely superior to under the top lawns whatever the eclectic mix of plants are. Most garden makers are way to conservative in western countries BUT believe it or not in my travels to UK/USA/CANADA I have a preference for North America. I found more interesting use of plants in the US in one month than i have seen anywhere else in 20 years! In particular California but also elsewhere. The impression I get is lust for life whilst the UK exudes a tired its all been done before sort of thing. YOU have the grand dame of exuberance (she won’t mind the title) Marcia Donahue in Berkeley to show that anything goes (with pizazz )
me and Marcia in the fantastic garden of designer Cevan Forrest Berkley..I found true soul mates in these 2..I have been looking for em for a lifetime!
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a154/Yosser53/P1010020.jpg

California isn’t in the same US as New England, I’m afraid. Hopefully, I won’t be run out of town…If I am, I’ll head West.–Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:39 pm

All the more reason to be adventurous..ain’t you awl the land of the free? Why should California be ‘boxed’ as the place where one can be more innovative over anywhere else? Its rather like the Euro scene which likes to box and categorize anything that moves..whatever happened to free spirits?

Plus the “Home of the Brave” I might add…—Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 8:48 pm

Some big picture ‘lawn’..this is a view from my kitchen window looking over a late 19 century ‘park’ of nearby pastoral property..the belated style of Capability brown is in action here..colonial Brown!
Taken a few minutes ago..early Winter
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a154/Yosser53/P1180312.jpg

Breathtaking, William! Are you lucky or what?–Tovah

william martin June 14, 2011, 9:03 pm

An interesting point in regards golf courses.. I once railed against these places in urban area’s as complete waste of spaces for the few. BUT despite the fact they very often squander many natural resources (which begs the Q ..Why should ‘greens’ be green?) they are valuable ‘breathing’ spaces for cities in particular now that many cities are finding ways to cram more and more people into small spaces..the managers of many of these courses (at least in AU) are becoming more environmentally savvy too in their use of ‘add-ons’..lets wish they might take on-board some more ‘pseudo ecological’ plantings and gasp wouldn’t they look fabulous with large swathes of uncut grasslands?

I know that our organic movement is trying to make converts of the courses, but I’m not keyed into our successful they’ve been.-Tovah

Cathy June 14, 2011, 9:38 pm

Well, I should tell you that we added annuals AND bulbs… but since the bulbs fade after spring, we paired them with other perennials that mature later so they can help camouflage the leaves of the bulb plants till they are ready to be trimmed off, and provide late spring and summer color.

Lastly, I’ve chuckled at the “back and forth” between you and William Martin, so much so, I had to check out those photographs you raved about. I also had trouble getting to the photo files and had to be satisfied with the photos on the site itself – fortunately, that wasn’t hard LOL… they are magnificent! His garden is almost primordial.

The only place we have annuals these days is on the deck (all pots and raised beds) and in some of the urns. And vegetables, of course.

We’re not as different as you think, though, LOL. We just jammed and crammed annuals into all the holes, and we didn’t go for those little plants in the six packs either – we bought large pots of petunias, impatiens, geraniums, zinnias, African daisies, pansies in spring, and mums in fall (we did get hardy mums), snapdragons, and anything else that caught our eye.

I used up all my patience on the perennials; by the time we were filling in with annuals, I was heavily into instant gratification LOL. And we had so much ground to cover, especially the first couple of years, planting the large pots made the job achievable. (We just lifted the entire plant out of the large pot and set it into the bed. Instant garden.)

As for plowing crews… don’t get me started. I’ve been blogging about our poor sand cherry that almost didn’t survive an altercation with the plow, never mind our beautiful edging of platycodon – we lost all but one single plant, and a good deal of the creeping phlox as well. We found a bargain on creeping phlox and replaced a good deal of the edging with that. On the other side of the yard, we lost a fair amount of our black scallop ajuga, courtesy of the same plow driver, who also managed to plow up the pavers along one of the beds and knock over a pole light.

We carefully placed reflectors – purchased the specific ones requested by the guy who owns the landscape company that does the plowing for us. I told my DH, to heck with reflectors, I’m opting for Jersey barriers next winter.

As for the city plow, that’s another soap box altogether.

Hey, it takes talent to kill ajuga. I was going to ask if anyone was having trouble wintering over Allium moly ‘Jeannine’ but realized that the plowman cameth and he was responsible for my losses. I’m a sucker for zinnias, myself. I’ll push over my broccoli just to make room for a few zinnias: food for the smile.—Tovah

'nora June 15, 2011, 7:31 am

Tovah, thanks for the link to Opus. Now if only I lived closer to Rhode Island …

You know, Nora, Geum ‘Flames of Passion’ is very, very similar. Comparatively, it doesn’t seem to bloom as long for me — doesn’t have the “sweet innocence”. But it’s in the mainstream…–Tovah

Cathy June 15, 2011, 9:28 am

Yeah, we have a thing for zinnias too. Over the years, as we needed fewer and fewer annuals, zinnias became the most prominent. They bloom right through the fall and are such wonderful cut flowers.

Ooohhh…wait ’til you see my Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’, it’s like nothing else. Cut flower growing friends of mine showed it to me and I’m trialing it this year for myself. The results will be up on http://www.plantswise.com but it’s budded right now.

UrsulaV June 15, 2011, 10:25 am

Sadly, the one thing you are warned to never ever do on our red clay soil is amend with sand–wet clay + sand + hot sun is how you make bricks! So I guess I shall just admire those alliums vicariously.

Fortunately the Amsonias all kick butt and take names here, so that’s something!

Lesson learned = thank you, Ursula. Clearly, I’ve never played in clay. Must say that the alliums are more forgiving than most bulbs. And A. moly is a steal price-wise. You might give her a try on a lark. I’m going out right now to tell my amsonias that it’s butt kicking time.–Tovah

Fran Sorin June 15, 2011, 10:54 am

Tovah…
Your posts always delight and inform. But this one, in particular, sparkles. While reading it, the one thought that came to my mind is ‘how playful this garden is’. That’s the beauty of how you garden…you play, experiment, and take risks. Your words and photos made my day.
Fran

P.S. No need to respond!!

Your sparkle makes us shine, Fran — thank you. — Tovah

Saxon June 15, 2011, 11:21 am

Love it, love it ! Not a missionary ?! But an very honorary membership hereby offered to the Lawn Reform Coalition http://www.lawnreform.org/

Wendy June 15, 2011, 1:11 pm

As a lawn basher myself, I applaud you for what you’re doing. You have no idea how difficult it has been for me to find literature about replacing lawn with something else in the Northeast. Seems everything I find addresses the west coast or southwest drought issues. I went for the shrub garden in front of the house and pure meadow in the back; trees and perennials line the sides of the house. There is a rather wide strip where a septic truck will ride over every few years, as needed, and for this “strip”, I’ve ordered “lawn” seeds from American Meadow which are really only wildflowers that grow no more than a few inches tall. Rock on, my friend. You done good!!!

Oh right = the septic truck. Duh. Well good thing that I haven’t completely blocked that off…Sounds like you’re off and running, too. Please keep us posted. There’s strength in numbers. You’ve got some super solutions and we need your input.–Tovah

Cathy June 15, 2011, 1:44 pm

I will be eagerly awaiting your post on the zinnias! You know that red is my color!

Ursula, I empathize with your situation. In order to grow the luscious blooms we have in our garden, we dug out 18 inches of clay and added loam, compost, manure, peat, and leaf mould. When I say we built our gardens from the dirt up, I was being quite literal. It was a huge job but worth it in the long run to be able to grow everything we have.

We took the clay and laid it along a walkway, didn’t even add sand, just spread it out and rolled it and let it bake in the sun. When it was dry, baked by the sun, we covered it with mulch. And you know it — it’s as good as concrete.

What a gardener won’t do to get her grit! And banish her cement. Sounds like you UNpaved paradise and then put in a parking lot.–Tovah

Cathy June 16, 2011, 12:02 am

Tovah, I had to – and it’s not REALLY a parking lot, just a little driveway. I do a lot of my gardening from a wheelchair and it made it possible for me to be able to get from the front gardens to the back gardens without getting mired in mulch or worse, going back end over tea kettle. ;)

My apologies, Cathy, I was just being silly with old song lyrics, I meant no disrespect. I admire and applaud you so much for working from a wheelchair. My best friend/neighbor is also in a wheelchair, so I know the issues. And it was very, very creative of you to use your clay for a good purpose.–Tovah

Cathy June 16, 2011, 8:11 pm

Gosh, Tovah, I apologize if you feel badly – DON’T!! I didn’t take it as anything negative, nothing disrespectful…. no apologies needed.

But to be honest, even though we have plenty of parking area in the driveway, my son likes to park there and I hate when he does that because I can’t get around his car.

That area IS rock solid and if we have major work needed down back, (or deliveries of stone or furniture or lumber) it can support a bobcat tractor or small truck if need be.

Please, please don’t feel badly. The clay served a useful purpose. When it was just mulched, the wheels would sink in and the chair would tip and well, I had to stop gardening in a sun dress LOL.

One day I fell and couldn’t get myself back into the chair. I was trapped with a foot bent under one of the pedals and couldn’t get myself unstuck. We live on a busy street and I was waving for help and people going by were waving back and even tooting. I was totally aggravated because my DH had been gardening with me, went down back for something, got distracted, and left me alone for an hour. He never did that again! (And now I always garden with a phone in my pocket.)

My friend in a wheelchair got stuck in some gravel right before a thunderstorm and he NEVER goes out alone anymore. But really, everyone should go out with a cell phone = you never know.- Tovah

Cathy June 16, 2011, 8:21 pm

AAAAAAACHHHHH!!!

I JUST got the thing with the lyrics. Mind you, I LOVE Joni Mitchell. Ahhh, the brain is slow these days. We’ve been spenbding too much time in the sun (weeding).

Wendy June 20, 2011, 6:50 am

Cathy/Tovah,

You guys are too much. LOL I got the parking lot thing right away but then again, I’ve taken in wayyy too much coffee already. Tovah, one must NEVER forget Septic Man. Lest we be faced with a big pile of *#%(.

Hey, if coffee would make me sharp rather than just making me hyper, I’d pour it down.—Tovah