It's fairly common for gardeners to make new discoveries in their gardens. Whether it's noticing a flower on a plant you don't remember planting or realizing you have volunteer tomatoes or squash growing in your compost pile, gardeners are used to all kinds of surprises. But this discovery was a bit different.
Two weeks ago (when we actually had a weekend of 70 and 80 degree temperatures), my roommate, Amy, and I decided to mount an all out attack on our garden. I tromped around the yard with loppers and a handsaw and chopped down every unwanted sapling I could find (invasive Buckthorn is quite a problem around here). Meanwhile, Amy took it upon herself to clean up the woefully overgrown and weedy flowerbed next to the front door. This particular bed had been all but taken over by a very aggressive groundcover.
Some time into her endeavor, Amy shouted out to me, "Hey, there are some bricks here!" To which I replied, "Yeah, I know!" (I had seen a few bricks next to the sidewalk when I made a feeble attempt to clear out the bed last year. This was before the mosquitoes took over Cambridge and made it impossible to work outside the entire second half of the summer.) But it wasn't too long before we both realized the bed didn't just have "some" bricks in it. As you can see in the photo above, an entire pathway had emerged.
I wish I'd had the forethought to take a "before" picture, but just the fact that we didn't even know there was a pathway in the bed should give you some clue as to its prior condition. Also, major props to Amy for doing such a great job clearing it out. It's definitely a satisfying feeling to look at the brick path and feel like something major was accomplished, but then I remind myself how many other outrageously overgrown garden beds there are in the yard. Sigh.
I'll try to remember to take a few "before" pictures next time.
All the best to you in your garden adventures,
P.S. If you're in Texas, Geoff will be exhibiting at the TX State Master Gardener Conference April 27-28 in Glen Rose.