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Gardening in America
Outdoor Room

by Nancy Fletcher

   This was an area that was a bit of a problem. The cedar tree limbs drooped to the ground and because it was so dark under them nothing grew. It was an unused space because the tree limbs wouldn't allow anyone to walk through it. I had to get under the trees at times  to rake out the build up of cedar needles and to cut out any poison ivy that was trying to grow (sneaky little vines take up residence where no one sees them get started). 

     Rodney trimmed the limbs up so a person can easily walk under them. I had hostas coming back in a shady place in front. There were enough that I could transplant a number of them under the cedars. I didn't know if they would like the soil so I planted them early. Sure enough it looks like they are happy.  With a few impatients in between them gave just a spot of color.

     This love seat I purchased from Wal-mart for 20 dollars. It is not plastic but a hard rubber like material. I believe it will last. for quite a while. The old table is of redwood and I've had it for many years. The wood never has deteriorated from the weather.

     Those small round shapes on the ground are a bit like cobble stones. I made them by mixing up instant cement and poured it into the bottom part of liter soda pop bottles. Sometimes I cannot get the plastic off the cement so I just leave it. I use these for everything from painting  the names of plants on them for flowerbeds to putting a piece of felt on the flat side and using them for  a doorstop. Once I painted a turtle shell on it and gave it to a neighbor boy who enjoyed it as a doorstop.    

     This tiny outdoor room I plan to use for myself for a reading place. We will have a  tablecloth on that table and make sandwiches for the children so we can enjoy eating out here.  Such things make memories for children.

      Later on I plan to paint the dark colored bricks on the house a soft light cream color. This will give a nicer background for the tiny hostas garden.

     Down toward the other end and row of cedars I've transplanted some cannas  but that is another story.

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