I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!

Recent Blog Posts

Aug 06
Front Garden Design   (2 comments)

Apr 10
Finally!   (1 comment)

Feb 28
Good Bye Bellevue  

Oct 25
You know you are addicted to gardening when…  

Jun 11
Spring/Summer Garden  

Apr 28
The View From My Window  

Apr 23
Granny Jo’s Fountain  

Mar 12
Mini Parterre   (1 comment)




Front Garden Design
by Jason Redmon - posted 08/06/14

The new back garden is enjoying all of this summer rain we have been having.  What a joy!   I have hardly worried about watering, and the new trees and plants have been happy to have all of these good ol' soakings.  I've been taking the extra time that I'm saving from watering and drawing up my front garden design.  It will have to come in a few phases but progress is progress.  The fence has been built and now I just have to wait for cooler weather to start applying my plans. 


Please bare with me and my child like drawings.  I'm good at gardening but now drawing.  LOL.  

So first there will be a line of gravel along the house.  This will catch rain water coming off the roof.  The beds will start after.  The foundation bed will be 2 mirror image parterres.  Winter Green boxwood will be planted in a row to create a box.

Inside the boxwood square will be 3 Coned Hollies lined like little soldiers.  




Sunny Knock Out Roses (yellow) will be planted along the inside of the fence. Winter Green Boxwoods (green) will run in front of the roses.  Like the picture below.  The difference being the rose color.  An example of Sunny Knock Out is shown below.  They are a yellow/ cream blooming rose. 


St Augustine grass will cover the rest of the lawn inside the fence.  

On the outside of the fence, 3 trees will be planted.  I'm leaning towards Muskogee Crape Myrtle.  I love Crape's apparently. In my last garden I had 10 Natchez planted.  So far, I have planted 5 Sioux Crape Myrtles in the back garden of this place.  I'm trying to do something different but my heart keeps bringing me back to them.  Muskogee Crape Myrtle trees grow to 30 feet tall.  Here they are planted in a row much like I would do. 


However, I was inspired by this front lawn.  Those are 4 Gingko Biloba Trees.  They will grow much slower and eventually get much bigger than the Crape Myrtle.  I love the look they bring to this garden and can see the potential with them in my own.  

Eventually, I plan to have all of the grass removed under the trees and plant the enitre thing.  But for now, the St. Augustine will stay.  I am going to make a ring around each tree and under plant it with Liriope or Mondo Grass.  The trees will determine which.  Crape with Liriope.  Gingko with Mondo Grass.  

Ok, so that is about all I have planned for now.  I do eventually want to plant  hollies on the outside of my driveway and mirror them on the left side of the fence.  This is just the basic plan and as I have learned with gardening, it will most definitely evolve. 

The blank slate.  Stay tuned for the transformation!!!!

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by Jason Redmon - posted 04/10/14

After planting 40- 3 gallon potted plants, 3 flats of vinca and laying 3 yards of mulch...I finally have a garden again. I'm a happy man. A tired man, but a happy one, none the less.


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Good Bye Bellevue
by Jason Redmon - posted 02/28/14

We moved!  I still can't believe it. Although this is a good move and an opportunity that we couldn't pass up, I am still feeling sad about leaving the garden.  I loved my garden on Bellevue Street.  It started from nothing and developed through the years into a secret, special place.  My own private sanctuary .Even though I was in the center of the city, the garden had me feeling that I was far away from anything and anyone.  I have been fine with letting go of the house, which I loved, but leaving the garden has been harder than I thought.  It will always have a special place in my heart. 

It taught me so much about myself.  As the trees and shrubs grew, so did I.  The garden taught me patience.  It also grounded me.  I was connected with nature there.  


The beginning:


I planted the Viburnum in March of 2007.

My first bed was the foundation bed.  I scraped all of the grass and built the bed myself.  That Little Gem Magnolia was so scrawny.  


The Loropetulm grew up to be beautiful trees.  

After the foundation bed,  The gardening bug hit and there was no stopping me....

Through the years, the garden evolved.

And as the garden grew, so did my love for mulch.

Little Gem and Loropetulm are now grown up.


And so is the Viburnum




Good bye sweet, sweet garden. You have been a labor of love and a wonderful teacher.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.




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