garden party.
by victoria comment


via once wed.

i am so excited!! i found a very affordable and hard working gardener (email me if you need someone!) to help me rid my poor yard of all the weeds and dead things, and now it is all tilled and ready for planting! i will share a little of where it’s at now (see bottom pics of this post), and then a bit of inspiration for where i’d like to take it next!

i am reading gayla trail’s grow great grub, and learning all kinds of interesting gardening and composting tips, as well as how to begin my vegetable garden. my vision is the shadier side of the garden will be a natural landscape of lavender, rosemary, sea grasses, herbs and mexican sage. while, the really sunny part will be full of tomatoes, beans, artichokes, lettuces, radish, carrots and anything else i can dream up.

perhaps a spot for picnicking and reading under my plum and cherry trees, via only in books (above) and i do think i need a hammock, via la princess endormie (below).

i’m learning how to nurture seedlings, via frolic (above) and abby try again (below).

i found this great old pine picnic table & benches on craigslist (above, and top left below) and i’m planting lots of lavender, and vines; and i’d love a nice cozy bench with lots of pillows and throws, via frolic.

i love the very natural, slightly overgrown look of a casual english garden, like these from please sir (via marie claire maison); and emma’s design blog.

i like the idea of an edible garden path, but using stones, via sunset magazine.

here’s the ‘before’ as you can see above, when i arrived the yard needed some tender loving care! that dirt patch is now a strawberry patch, and all the overgorwn oxalis is gone! so, i am slowing making progress in the yard (below).

37 responses to “garden party.”

  1. Congratulations on your garden venture! You may want to check out one of my favorite local nurseries, Annie’s Annuals, owned by fab Annie Hayes. She has unusual and beautiful plants that are suited to our Bay Area climate. She has many natives and is expanding to fruits and vegetables.

  2. I hope you haven’t gotten rid of any of your succulents! they are my favorite, so happy and easy breezy…love your back yard already and i am sure it will be even more lovely very soon! happy gardening

  3. How exciting! I just got my garden into shape this year (it’s been a 4-year process). It has been so fun to watch it grow and evolve year after year. But, I’m jealous of your sun! We don’t get any, which means no yummy tomatoes or peppers for me.

    One piece of advice, rely heavily on your local nurseries for advice. They’ve been such a resource for me — and my garden is very low maintenance as a result.

  4. Sigh….what gorgeous inspiration & lovely ideas! It is going to be gorgeous I just know. I love the table and benches you found….so perfect! Can’t wait to see the progress as you go along!

  5. Just the inspiration I needed. I was thinking that I would take a mini vacation to get my garden back into shape. It has a winter sadness about it right now. I love hammocks. Best place in the world to nap. Alameda flea market s this weekend. Good place to find some benches, tables etc for the patio. Thanks for posting all of the pictures…off to pull a few weeds, cut back some vines and dig in the dirt.

  6. I ran across that hammock picture and saved it a couple months ago. I somehow managed to talk my husband into building a hammock contraption for me, after seeing it. We don’t have any mature trees, so he’s going to have to get creative :) I love this entire post.

  7. PLEASE SEND INFO ON HARDWORKING WEED-REMOVER. Excuse the all caps. It’s not indication of me so rudely yelling at you. It’s just indication of how bad our weeds are. IN THE FRONT YARD.


  8. I love the idea of a garden party in the middle of an orchard! Reading under a plum tree sound like an ideal thing to do right about now=]

    Keep up the wonderful posting!

  9. I love the bench and would absolutely love to have dinner in that top photo! Great work on the garden! Thanks for the inspiration!

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