How My Mom Has Inspired Me in My Garden


see how my mom has inspired my Pacific Northwest garden

Hi! I am Meg, Barb Rosen’s daughter, and I am writing today to show my mom how much I love her and how she has inspired me in my garden. I may not have birdhouses, ladders and birdbaths galore but mom has cultivated my love for what we like to call “the wild and wonky” garden. My garden has a way to go … that is what I love about it! Come take a peek to see how my garden has changed over the last few years with many thanks to my mom’s creative (and affordable!) ideas.



I fell in love with this cute cottage because of the huge yard with plenty of space to garden but I was overwhelmed and did not know where to begin! Mom knew immediately what to do: some fresh paint to play to the country cottage charm, bamboo to cover the chain link fencing, clematis on trellises on the front and side porches to add coziness, and a plan to slowly eliminate the front lawn and transform it into more garden space (and less mowing!). How does she think of these things!?


Country cottage charm inspired by mom!


Note the wild and wonky arch made of cherry tree trimmings, the expanded side porch garden and the hexagonal raised beds … all inspired by mom!


Another wild arch!


And another. I got a bit carried away … just like my mom!









Mom thought the shed was adorable and what an amazing spot to feature a rock and succulent garden. This flowerbed was problematic. It does not get much rain because it is protected by a larger cedar so drought-tolerant sedums and succulents were the way to go!  I didn’t need to start with many  … they spread like crazy!


Note the stack of pavers anticipating my next project … the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

I love the really dark, moody and geometric flowers and mom has suggested that I pair them with bright flowers to make them pop. She has so many great suggestions!








Before: Front garden


Before: Side garden


Before: Shed garden


After: Front garden


After: Side garden


After: Shed garden








Mom, I love you! You inspire me in my garden and in my life. I may even be inspired to learn how to take better pictures ;) Love, meg

12 Responses so far.

  1. You did a great job on your yard. I can tell you are Barb’s daughter! I think the wonky or whimsy part came to me as I got a little older so there is still hope for you yet! LOL!

    • Barb says:

      WOW!! What a great Mother’s Day present to wake up to, Meg! Can’t wait to come to Oregon in July and see it all blooming in person! We’ll do some more projects together! Thanks for a very special surprise, sweetie!
      I love you to pieces!

      Wasn’t that fun, Carlene? What you all may not realize is that Meg is also the one who set up my website for me last year and suggested that I blog about my gardening and projects.

    • Thanks, Carlene! I have a lot to learn and LOVE the mother-daughter bonding over the garden :)

  2. Debra Dennis says:

    Dear Barb,
    What a lovely Mother’s Day tribute from Meg! I really enjoyed seeing her house and garden. Thanks for sharing, Megan! Jason and Sarah enjoy their garden as well. Nice to see the next generation’s enthusiasm has taken root. Pun intended… Love, Debra

    • Barb says:

      Good one, Debra! And now that I am retiring in June I’ll be able to pull up my roots and get around more – like down to see you and your gardens!
      Happy belated birthday!

  3. Eileen Lorich says:

    awesome job!!! I’m very jealous :D
    I’m going to take some things you did an
    put them to use in my yard!

    • Barb says:

      Didn’t Meg do a fantastic job in her garden, Eileen? She has a wonderful talent for plant combinations and color!
      Happy Gardening!
      Barb (Meg’s Mom)

  4. Carolyn Barnes says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love everything you and your Mother did.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Carolyn! I may have inspired, but Meg did all the work on her garden!
      Happy Gardening,
      Barb (Meg’s Mom)

  5. Cecilia says:

    Oh my goodness, that is so sweet! Your mom should be proud! What a wonderful connection you have. You all did great!

    • Barb says:

      I am proud as punch of my wonderful, gardening daughter, Cecilia : ) Wasn’t that just the perfect Mother’s Day gift for a gardening mom?


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