Summer sets on the Garden of Envy

Vernal pool 1It’s been a wonderful summer, creating my very own woodland garden where a tangle of thorns and briers used to be. Though the reward has been great, it hasn’t always been easy. After tons of overgrowth and mountains of muck were tamed and made into pretty little ponds, there were the rocks to deal with.

These stones have been in place since ancient times (the 1960s, when the subdivision where I live was built) and were loathe to be moved just so that I could plant silly azalea trees and blueberry and rose bushes.

The rocks’ resistance to change was so great, the effects were cosmic. The night after I moved a particularly large stone, the sky opened up and unleashed a lightning storm so magnificent, there were power outages for days.

Photo credit: Gregory Tibbetts
Photo credit: Gregory Tibbetts

Lesson learned: Do not mess with ancient stones and woodland sprites.

My sore muscles resisted, too. In fact, after one particularly challenging B stone and azaleaday, the muscles in my abdomen, neck, and back felt like the day I sprinted down a hill after my son, Nick, who was three at the time and on a runaway bicycle headed toward a main road.  You wouldn’t think a downhill dash would be that much of a strain, but I was eight months pregnant at the time, so, yes, it was. Anyway, that’s what all the muscle strain felt like, but, like saving Nick from oncoming traffic, the woodland garden has been worth the effort.

I have accomplished much in my little garden this summer, not just bringing it to life, but also doing actual work out here. I had several writing and copy editing projects to complete this summer. Thanks to my new little garden, here is my commute to and from work:

B commute to

B commute home

Office space(s):

B screenhouse

B picnic place

Break room(s):

B break room

B blue rocking chairs

And co-workers:

B woodland fairies

B bee in the garden

B keep out gnome

B woodland angels

As I head back to teaching this week, I’ll miss the crazy days of building and the lazy days of enjoying my woodland retreat. I will be back often, though, I’m sure. Where better to plan lessons and correct papers than here?

B new rose

B yellow leaf

Garden purple 3 Sept 2015

B fall leaf


Author: kristinrusso

Writer, teacher, insatiable reader

6 thoughts on “Summer sets on the Garden of Envy”

  1. You’ve achieved an incredible amount. I know how hard it is too. You have mozzies too huh? Here the midges are the worst. Or the horse flies. I read somewhere recently they home in on the CO2 we exhale. So if I garden in a diving helmet perhaps they’ll leave the rest of me alone?
    That lightening shot is awesome.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love looking at the gardening pictures that you post on your blog to get ideas and inspiration. We put up the screen house tent to see if it would be a good place for a permanent screen house, and since it is, I think I want something in the way of a tea shed. 🙂 And the lightning picture is an actual picture of the sky over the town where I live, Scituate, RI, on the night of the crazy storm. It rained lightning!


      1. That would work, you could have bug screen over the window and door. It would look great in the woodland. I should have one too.. a writing den! With maybe a stove for winter? Oh, getting carried away now 🙂

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  2. Not getting carried away at al1! We have a little greenhouse made of vintage windows and we put a stove in last spring. I write in there in fall and spring when it’s not too hot and not too cold. It’s not in the woodland garden, though. It’s in the fenced-in yard so the dogs can join me out there. I’ll post pictures in my next blog post. It’s heaven! Happy gardening, Jessica!


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