Posted By Jonathan on April 30, 2014
We have begun constructing our own Secret Garden. There are many reasons why we are building a secret garden, certainly not least of which is the great novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (highly recommended). It is going to afford us some privacy from our neighbors (our backyard is wide open). It will also block noise from the highway that is 1/4 of a mile away (sounds like an interstate). It will also keep the deer out of our gardens, because we are planning hedges along the north, east and south sides of the secret garden.
Most of all, however, it will provide great beauty once we have it established. We are going to paint the west fence (pictured) bright white and will have 3 different arbors with climbing flowers and fruit vines.
We also planted hollyhock and foxglove along the front along with lemondrop marigolds. In the metal bin we planted African daisies. Only a few months until this fence is draped in beauty!
On the back side of the fence we planted a seedless grape variety called Reliance.
Next to where our large arbor will be we planted a Hardy Kiwi, which will provide us with small, hairless kiwis in a couple of years!
All of the wood posts you see also came with our property so they were free! It wasn’t too hard to get the posts in the ground and to level them. I used a narrow shovel, but it would have been easier with a post hole digger of some sort. But I am cheap and enjoy manual labor!
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