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Grass Feature – Part 2

The Dirty Gardener!I have finally finished! Whew! It has been a gruelling 2 days hard labour – my back is in spasms and my left hand middle finger is swollen and sore! But all the aches and pains aside – it was a wonderful experience from start to finish. All the excitment when putting pen to paper and actually seeing  it come to life!

From the adventure we took to Elgin Valley to buy the grasses, to the painful digging and planting of my trees,  to the continuous shopping for sand, stones, compost, and more plants, to the marking out and constant rearranging of each grass, to the individual planting of each one! It was a true labour of love and I always kept my intentions full of love and goodness. This is so important when I work with plants because they feel it and I truly believe that they grow better!  I even bought LOVE that I planted in the garden. Can you see it? Well, all I can say while I stand back and gaze at my beautiful grass garden – It is really and truly BEAUTIFUL!! No more to say ……you can see for yourself! So, let the dirty gardener go and clean up all the mess I made and get out of the rain!!

Enjoy the photos!

[one_half]Grass feature with river bed[/one_half]

[one_half_last]River bed layout[/one_half_last]

[one_half]River bed[/one_half]

[one_half_last]River bed feature[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Grass feature nearly done[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Grass feature finished[/one_half_last]

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By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

29 replies on “Grass Feature – Part 2”

Looks like I need to get an update post done. Not much action – very wet at the moment, but it would be good to see if there is any change.

Now that I have actually seen it in real life and not just photos, I can say it is far far more impressive when you actually see it. Its larger than it appears in the photos and it looks really fabulous! The dry river bed is a lovely feature … Well done Barbie! You can add “Garden Design” to your resume 🙂

Thank you my dear friend for coming to visit me! I always love to see you. Thank you for your kind words …. I have to agree that it does look better than in the photos. I can’t wait for the grasses to grow some. Hannes and I played around with light this evening so I will be posting an arty photo of the grass feature that I hope you like.

oh my, what an inspiration you are! absolutely magic! you have shown that hard work + passion + heart truly pay off and bring such amazing rewards! you are so beautiful…I LOVE YOU! …your very proud daughter xxx

Thank you my special one! It really was a wonderful project to tackle. You are right when you say passion + heart. It was pouring with rain when I finally finished, muddy but happy. It really motivates me to do more wonderful things in my garden. Hugs my sweet xx

I like looking at before and after photos. Except mine are usually months apart. I watched your movie in Flickr too – it reminds me of a quote from Mr. T – “Love it when a plan comes together!”

It was a great plan but the planning took the time. Thanks so much for your comment. I’ll keep you posted of the weeks to come. Can’t wait.

For sure … I have learnt from my hubby to tackle a project from start to finish in the shortest possible time so that you enjoy the creation and the final result. If it takes too long than it becomes a pain and never a joy when completed. So now I am enjoying!!

Pretty darn amazing job. It looks so good now, but wait… those grasses will be a real sight to see when then grow a bit. The dry river bed took a lot of work, bu well worth it.

Thanks Donna. It is so great to get all this supportive feedback. I will keep updating the blog with new photos on how the grasses grow.

Very nice! And you did this in only two days!?! It would have taken me a lot, lot longer! As your grasses fill in, it is going to look fantastic – and very natural. Congrats on completing your project.

Yes whew!! I look back and can’t believe I did this all by myself!! Thanks for your comment.

Nice job! You’ll enjoy it for years to come I’m sure!

One of my favorite things about grassy beds, or gardens with larger grasses is that the grasshoppers love them (wonder why?). Late summer sounds of grasshoppers makes it a great time in my garden. Maybe you already have lots of grasshoppers already though?

Hi Alan. yes, I have grasshoppers and I welcome all insects as long as they don’t bring all their friends and have a rave party in my plants 🙂
The frogs will be happy though.

Thank you all for your support on this momentous occasion. It was such a fun project because it looks better that I had imagined and the photos do not give it justice! I can’t wait to tackle the next project. But let me enjoy this one first.

Hard work is fast forgotten when the result is so good as in your garden.
fantastic how you thougt it out and..then how you made it.
And now…enyoi the results of your hard working.
Lovely greetings, Elly

It looks AWESOME! I love the grasses you’ve used and the dry riverbed feature is great. Give it two to three months and this will be a show-stopper! Well done!!

Hi Barbie – Well … I am really really impressed with what you’ve done. It turned out better than I imagined and it is going to look absolutely fantastic once the grasses start to fill out a bit, I can just picture it already. It is going to be worth all the effort!! I love the mulching you added at the end – it gives it a foresty feeling (i think) and YES, I can see the “Love”. Very cute 🙂

Ok, I wanna come see it – either Tuesday or Wednesday, let me know which day is better. xxxx

Thank you so much my friend …this means a lot to me because without your encouragement I guess this would have been a year in the making…..! The suggestion of a water wise grass feature was such a great idea!!! I will always remember to keep my mind open to good ideas. Thanks again 🙂

oh my it is gorgeous…all your hard work and aches are so worth it…I know that pain of accomplishment and the feeling it is all worth it…wow

Thank you so much Donna. It was a true labour of love. I sit on my stoep and gaze out into my lovely garden. The frogs are already making a home in the river bed. 🙂

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