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5 Minutes of Quiet, in Pictures

May 4, 2014

Yesterday was D-Day for the garden tour. You know, the one that over the last few months had forced me to address multiple unfinished projects, permanently organize my garden tool/supply storage and do a thorough combing of the area for removal of scraps, artifacts and other random objects that had been moved/kicked around and tucked in corners over the last 5 years of “build out”. It was badly needed regardless of whether or not the gate was to be opened for a few hundred interested friends and strangers to view inside my “fortress of solitude”.


I had trained my brain to ignore scores of lumber scraps, pieces of metal fencing and all of the fragments of bricks, bottles, and other oddities unearthed after residing under a layer of dirt for the past 50 or 100 years. Over the last few weeks Mrs cohutt ramped up her attack on the ever encroaching English ivy and for the first time in a half a century or more, most of the back had been “picked to the bone” (an overly dramatic description and a modest exaggeration perhaps, but in relative terms it makes my point.)

A few minutes before the gate opened and the few hundred (mostly) interested people wandered through, it dawned on me that I had not taken a picture of the garden in this very rare state of tidiness.


Five minutes later the camera was stowed in Lizzie’s house and the first visitors appeared wide-eyed through the gate. I had not considered that in comparison to the confined scruffy area of the alleyway near our back gate, the guests were greeted by an entirely unexpected and open oasis hidden behind the fence.

Mrs cohutt has reinforced how this should be the “new normal” for our little plot. I have earnestly agreed, but the only time will tell if she will be able to re-train this often scatterbrained & ADD gardener to clean up after himself every day. I am certain she is up to the task and hope that I am as well.

Just in case, this is how it looked a few minutes before 10:00 yesterday morning. (All pictures will click through to open a higher resolution version if you are interested).















15 Comments leave one →
  1. Sis permalink
    May 4, 2014 10:39 am

    Love the new normal! πŸ™‚

  2. May 4, 2014 3:38 pm

    Wow! the garden looks great! How many visitors did you have?

    • May 4, 2014 7:16 pm

      Don’t know the final tally yet. Somewhere north of 300 is what I have been told by the organizers.

  3. Janet permalink
    May 5, 2014 7:40 am

    any questions about the bat house?

    • May 5, 2014 8:16 am

      Lots of questions haha. They all saw it in the distance when they came in the gate but several forgot about it by the time they made it to the back. They were all looking down at that point at things like artichokes, rice and watercress. It actually was educatopnal for most since they didn’t really know the role bats play in nature and how it is good to have them in your area (and at the same time not in your attic.)

  4. Brent Eamer permalink
    May 5, 2014 9:24 am

    Bruce, how often do you apply new mulch between the beds?. I have to do something, the grass up here is unreal, it is invading my square beds. I ask since I put mulch down about five years ago, and if it is an annual process, I might as well get use to applying it now


    • May 5, 2014 9:53 am

      It seems I do it just past the optimum replenishment time lol. This is the first almost 100 % recovering. I find that lawn clippings do well if allowed to dry a bit but don’t look as nice. I tend to use the clippings in some areas and then add a little wood mulch in the higher traffic areas.
      We like the look right now and ill probably have a dumptruck load delivered as part or winter maintenance routine every year.

  5. Roswell permalink
    May 5, 2014 10:47 am

    Looks fantastic!

    • May 5, 2014 12:36 pm

      Thanks Ros. Lots has been done since you visited, (and it’s clean for a change haha…..)

  6. May 5, 2014 2:45 pm

    Absolutely inspiring!! Great work!!

  7. Clay permalink
    May 14, 2014 8:41 am

    Is it an optical illusion, or is that bell tilting slightly?

  8. timelesslady permalink
    May 14, 2014 11:00 am

    Everything looks terrific! πŸ™‚

    • May 14, 2014 1:00 pm

      Thanks. Hopefully I don’t regress back into my slovenly ways too quickly. πŸ™‚

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