Do you name your gardens? Personally, Ive always thought it seems sort affected, like naming your house. (I apologize if your house has a name. No offense.) But our gardens
always end up having names, simply because we have so many that otherwise its impossible to talk about them and have the other person know which one youre talking about. We cant just say the garden, because it could be one of many.
So its I need to weed the deck garden, and The shed garden needs more mulch. Every garden in our yard has a name. (Some more lame than others.)
Some of them were named purposefully (the cutting garden. . . ahem), and some of them came by their names in other ways. . . like the deck garden (do I have to say its the
one by the deck?). The bird bath gardenI guess that ones pretty obvious. Our
island bed in the backyard is the hotspot gardenso named because I actually used a design from a magazine for it, and thats what it was called. The designer called it the hotspot garden because all of the colors were warmyellow, red, orange, and pinkno blues or purples. When we actually took out the grass to make this particular bed, it ended up being MUCH more of a regular shape than I was trying forI wanted something very fluid and sort of irregular, so it would look natural. But as it turned out, Trevor called it the snowman garden for years because thats exactly what the shape looked like (and also because it really annoyed me).
Of course, some gardens flow into othersmany of them are connected. So the cutting garden becomes the Harry Potter garden becomes the shrub border becomes the bird bath
garden. Then theres the stove garden. . . so named because its home to the old cast iron stove that I got for my birthday one year from my sister (and which I decided would be an awesome garden ornament).
Then there is the garage garden. Its behind the garage. (Am I going too fast here?) That one could probably use a new namethe garage garden doesnt really conjure up images of incredible beauty. The garage garden is home to Bob, a metal parrot I gave Trevor for his birthday one year. Maybe we should start calling it Bobs garden. But Im not sure that would be a huge improvement.
We have the front garden (its in the front yardthis is actually about three beds that flow together) and the shed garden. (Its by the shed. Im sure youre getting the idea.) Not particularly inventive, I know, but we have to call them something. I keep
thinking well be done making gardens pretty soon, but it doesnt seem to stop. Maybe we should start giving them peoples nameslike hurricanes.