Last year Sweet Pea and I started what we now call the shed garden. It had been part of the side yard where we kept yard waste cans and whatever yard junk that had no other place to go. Since removing the old metal shed and adding a new one last spring this whole area has taken on a whole new look.
It's hard to imagine that this time last year this was all gravel and leftover piles of bricks, plant pots and other junk. I'm really happy with how it looks just one year later.
Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' was planted in the shed garden last summer. It has already grown so much and is loaded with blooms. Everything in the shed garden has to compete with our neighbors huge Cedar trees roots on the other side of the fence.
Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls' has been in my garden for years, but I moved it to the shed garden last year. I'm surprised it's already got blooms on it. (Tina, is yours at about the same stage?)
Some of the tulips I planted last year are loving the sun. I think things grew overnight, these buds were not this far up last time I looked.
Lewisia that I found at the fruit market last year already has buds. I read that these can be difficult plants, but it loves it here. I hope they have more this spring since they were such a great price compared to what I just saw them for at a nursery.
I'm not sure if the Dogwood will bloom this year, but at least there are leaf buds. This one has never bloomed well. I love how a row of Foxgloves planted themselves along the fence behind the tree.
This is taken looking out from the shed. There is still some nice blank planting space left.
To see what this area looked like last year click here. It's so fun taking an unused and forgotten part of your yard and turning it into a new garden space. Especially if you have a small yard like we do, the whole yard becomes valuable garden real estate.All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.