There were several books from my childhood that affected my view on life and how I wanted my home to be when I grew up. One of them was a book titled Mandy, and anther was The Secret Garden. I have always wanted a space that was all mine. A space that maybe didn't function as any thing other than a retreat and a place to image and dream.
As a child I would run an extention cord to the linen closet and climb up the shelves to sit at the top and read. I also built many make shift forts on our property. But now as an adult, I have a much better place.....
Welcom to my secret Garden.
This garden took almost 4 months to create. Not only do I have 4 small children, but I was at the mercy of mother nature. If it rained, I was out of luck that day. Also, I do a lot of my projects at night.This one however, could not be done at night. Plus, I had to built the fence on two sides. It was harder to get finished that any other "room" I have ever done.
Here is a reminer of what the area looked like before:
Let's pan around and get a 360 degree tour, shall we? When you first open the door the flagstone path leads you to the bench.
Next to the bench I have an outdoor solar powered lamp (tutorial coming soon!) and in the corner there is a trellis. I have white clematis growing there and I hope next year it climbs up even higher.
Next to the trellis is one of my favorite thngs about the whole garden. My moss art! I LOVE moss so this seemed like the perfect fit for my space. This project started out a a big fat FAIL. I will tell the whole story and I will have the tutorial here in the next week or so.
I showed the barnwood table already back when I had the drill giveaway. I love how it looks in here!
I used an old apple crate for all my gardening supplies. I love that not only is it functional, but super cute!
Under the crate jasmine is growing. It smells amazing!!! There are also some big crystals we found when we moved here.I saved them knowing I would find special place for them. I collected rocks when Iwas growing up (maybe hoarded is a better word) so this is another nod to my childhood.
And here we are back at the gate! Did you notice the key next to the gate? You can't have a secret garden without a key, right? Even if it is from Hobby Lobby..... :)
On the otherside of the gate there is a planter box I mounted to the fence. You may remember me showing you some other planter boxes on the fence last year. This is just another way to hang them. There is also the ladder from my Better Homes and Gardens photoshoot that I turned into a plant stand last year.
I love this mirror! I got it for $15.00. I don't think the pictures really cature the effect this mirror has on the space. It wasn't until I hung the mirror that it felt like a room.
This basket was a decoration at our wedding reception. It was filled with potted flowers. It is the only decoration from our wedding I have left. I love having it in here.
And that brings up back to the bench!
I want to show you a few shots from above. This is the view from my office window. Aren't you jealous that this is what I get to look at whle I work???
While I was working one evening I found this guy. I was thrilled! As a child I was obsessed with frogs and toads. The last time I found a toad in my yard I think I was 10 years old. You don't come across them very oftern around here. You might think this is silly, but when I was in the planning stages of this garden I told my husband that I wished a toad would come live in my garden so while I was reading I could look up and see his fat and happy self. So this was a fun surprise :)
A few more shots....
Thanks for stopping by for a tour of my secret (okay, not so secret anymore) garden! I am so excited to have it done so can start on the next project :P
Make sure and check back for all the tutorials that go with ll the projects in here fom the trellis to the moss art and solar powered lamp.
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