Down the Garden Path A-Z Blog Challenge

Down the Garden Path

It sounds like a cliche, we hear this phrase so often. Even so, I have named one of my favorite Pinterest boards, Down the Garden Path, paths being so critical to the success of any garden space. In my own garden, pictured above, the ground on the side of the house around to the back garden was on an angle, which necessitated having one leg longer than the other in order to comfortably walk back and forth. Something had to be done.

I hired a man who told me how much brick to buy so he could build a small retaining wall. Dirt was added to level the ground, stepping stones were laid down, and the planting began. Walkers Low Nepeta and Lavender deck one side of this garden walk. This ‘fix’ turned an awkward space into a lovely back garden entrance. For more garden path photographs, visit my Pinterest board.

Here is a quote from Greening of a Heart about a path in the Vicarage garden.

“Christine, I hope you’re pleased with the garden now that things are cleaned up and looking tidy. Of course, it’s early days, but there are some hidden charms, don’t you think? I especially like the curving gravel path where those old trees were. It’s a surprise with a happy ending.”

“That’s what you’re calling it then, a surprise? I didn’t know.” Christine left by herself through the front gates of the vicarage. While the other guests had allowed themselves to be charmed by the changes in the garden….

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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2 Responses to Down the Garden Path A-Z Blog Challenge

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Great solution for your side yard Stepheny.

  2. Joe Owens says:

    A very nice path to enjoy and maintain. You have the ability to take a cliched phrase and breath new life into it.

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