Ah, Jan­u­ary. I have cre­ated a new folder in Pho­to­shop Bridge enti­tled Gar­den 2011. I have one sin­gle photo in it, but it’s an impor­tant one—a shot of where we’ll be cre­at­ing a wood­land garden.

Out of neces­sity came oppor­tu­nity. We had the local tree guys out to take down a large tulip tree that was in immi­nent dan­ger of falling onto the chicken coop and across the dri­ve­way. It was a tricky under­tak­ing because of its loca­tion. The older of the father/son pair is in his 60s, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he scam­pered up that tree. Start­ing at the top he sawed off limbs and then he topped it. I was in the house when the top 10 feet of the tree came down. There was a huge crash, which I would have been wor­ried about except I heard the two men erupt into whoops of glee. Isn’t it great to take joy in your work?

Any­way, the rest of the tree came down, as did another in the way. I will also have to move a lot of the hostas I planted there in the past two years since they will now likely scorch in the sun. I’m not show­ing you pho­tos of it all because the whole process made a humon­gous mess that I will have to deal with when the ther­mome­ter climbs above freezing.

While the tree guys were here they made me a good deal offer to clear some of the woods. I hopped on the chance to get this sec­tion of the woods cleared of under­brush and trash trees. It is the area near the house that we look on when we eat din­ner out­side in the sum­mer. With­out all the tan­gle of under­brush and trash trees, we’ll get a bet­ter view into the woods. We’ll also put in a path and a bench to over­look a ravine that you can’t see very well in the photo.

What­ever else goes in the wood­land gar­den, I am deter­mined that it will be low main­te­nance. We already have a healthy crop of moss. I like moss. Some of the hostas will also find a new home there. Then there will be bulbs. And a ham­mock. And my bot­tle tree.

So here you have it, the first view of the new wood­land garden.

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14 Responses to “Taming Nature: The Start of a Woodland Garden”

  1. Gail Says:

    Robin, How excit­ing! A new gar­den with a fairly clean slate…I can see you now, sway­ing in the ham­mock while the feath­ered girls and their pro­tec­tor are walk­ing about! gail

  2. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    You know I love wood­land gar­dens, so I’m going to be fol­low­ing your progress with great inter­est. I can’t rec­om­mend highly enough the native Hepat­i­cas, which are not ephemeral.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..Word­less Wednes­day– A Mid­win­ter Days Dream =-.

  3. Carol Says:

    Sounds like this is going to be a lovely gar­den spot. I look for­ward to see­ing more posts about it as spring arrives and you get started on it.
    .-= Carol´s last blog ..When a Gar­dener Plays Cards =-.

  4. Hydrangea Flower Arrangements Says:

    A wood­land gar­den! What a fan­tas­tic idea! I can see it already! It’s going to look like a bit of a fairytale!

  5. Marissa Says:

    I am so very happy that you have posted after such a long time! I’ve been check­ing back every week or so, hop­ing and prey­ing that you posted, only to see “Autumn Chick­ens with Sage” again. I’m excited to see your wood­land gar­den, which I bet will be as mys­ti­cal as it is beautiful!

  6. commonweeder Says:

    I haven’t taken a before pic­ture yet, but I should make up a folder too for the Wood­land Gar­den cum Wind­break that we are plan­ning. We have to plant trees, not take any down, but I’m also think­ing about some flow­ers that can go there too.
    .-= commonweeder´s last blog ..Ice Per­sists =-.

  7. Diana Says:

    What a lovely blank slate you have there. And grow­ing plans for its devel­op­ment. It all sounds fab­u­lous. But I have to say — the woods are beau­ti­ful by them­selves, as well.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Grow­ing good­ies in the gar­den =-.

  8. Layanee Says:

    You are such a tease. I love the sim­plic­ity of the woods as is and can only imag­ine how you will improve the view. Pos­si­bil­i­ties abound.

  9. Karen Says:

    Sounds like a great place for hostas. And lovely, it sounds lovely.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..BBR Photo Shoot Reveals =-.

  10. Lynn Says:

    Hi Robin
    How good it is to find some­body else with a love of Moss; I’ve loved it since I was a kid.
    I look for­ward to read­ing about your Wood­land Gar­den as it grows…

  11. Phyllis Says:

    Hi Robin,

    I just found you via a search for gar­den blogs. I used to live in MD and still have fam­ily there (live in NC now).

    I have a few pet chick­ens and some other farm crit­ters. Love them all but loads of work.

    I’ll be back again.

  12. Karyl Says:

    Wood­land gar­dens are my favorite, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties end­less once you start look­ing into them. It will be stunning!

  13. Teresa Says:

    Look­ing for­ward to see­ing what you do with your wood­land gar­den, What a won­der­ful under­tak­ing and one that will be bet­ter every year.

  14. Ilona Says:

    I’m with Karyl-woodland is the favorite type of gar­den. Your plans sound beau­ti­ful, and make me wish I could plant some­thing like that. There is some­thing almost rev­er­en­tial about a gar­den in a dense stand of trees.