We have been on a planting orgy around here. Not only is this the time of year when most of the vegetable seeds and seedlings go into the potager, we have also embarked on a major campaign to add more shrubs—particularly flowering shrubs—to the property.

Sophie and Sarah inspect the vegetable plantings in the potager.

Thank goodness Harry is a good sport and has a strong back and good endurance. The hardpan clay soil we have here in Southern Maryland makes digging new beds and planting trees and shrubs a major weekend endeavor.

The wisteria on the fence is getting there. The peonies won’t be far behind.

And I’m so tired, that’s it. The end.

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  • Frances says:

    It looks beautiful already, Robin. I love the wisteria/peony combo. Your little dogs are so sweet and cute.

  • Wow! I dream about an end result like your garden. Somehow the results of my labours never seem to look as good!

  • Oh i could so easily sit and drink a cup of tea on that bench. It is all looking lovely.

  • Too bad you’re too busy to sit in your garden, the girls seem to be enjoying its ambience. You’ve got me hankering after a picket fence on which to grow Wisteria.

  • So pretty. Love your little girls too.~~Dee

  • Diana/Sharingnaturesgarden says:

    How lovely it all looks, Robin. Desn’t it feel good to add big “bones” to the garden? I can’t wait to hear what you’ll be cooking from the potager.

  • commonweeder says:

    We are moving into high gear here, too. We are getting a new fence around our ‘potager’ but it is strictly utilitarians – to keep out the deer. There can never be too many flowering shrubs.

  • I have a question – Do you treat your wooden bench and your raised bed edges with any preservatives?

    They look in remarkably good condition but appear to have not been treated

    • Robin Ripley says:


      The wooden bench is made from untreated cedar. I don’t do anything to the bench to care for it. Perhaps I should? I do keep the wooden legs from touching the ground though. The bench is sitting on stone pavers.

      The raised beds also are made from 4″ x 4″ untreated cedar posts. They were difficult to find–and expensive. But they have held up well for more than 6 years now.

      Thanks for visiting.