23 responses

  1. Jenetta
    July 21, 2012

    This sounds so wonderful! It sound like it’s going to work great and I look forward to progressive pictures as the flowers take over. :)

  2. Susan
    July 21, 2012

    I think your paradise is perfect.

  3. Scott Weber
    July 21, 2012

    I think it’s a grand idea…and so fitting to your setting. Your house sits so comfortably among the natural vegetation. I’ve also come to love the wild growth of the countryside again, over the past few years. I can’t drive anywhere without admiring the shimmery, waving seed heads of the grasses or the bright spots of the ephemeral wildflowers.

  4. Sue
    July 21, 2012

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. We’ve been mowing less and less each year–and have been rewarded with more and more butterflies, bees, and more. We’re loving the “wild” look.

  5. Janet NZ
    July 21, 2012

    I love the idea of a ‘wild’ garden :-). A small town about an hour from here has wildflowers planted on the roadsides leading into and out of town – gorgeous. I’m sure yours will be a roaring success XO

  6. Ina Gawne
    July 22, 2012

    Tom – sounds like my kind of gardening! I love flowers that self seed – even if mine are still amongst the weeds.

  7. tasteofbeirut
    July 22, 2012

    sounds great! I love the mix of styles

  8. Eileen
    July 22, 2012


  9. Pam
    July 22, 2012

    Thanks for this, Tom…I find it very reinforcing of the trend I’ve been observing in my own gardening. I live in a “thickly settled,” manicured Eastern suburb and have felt obliged to maintain a trimmed up, weeded garden in order to keep the neighborhood looking good. But some of the spring weeds are so sweet that I can’t bear to pull them up. Each season has it’s own surprises and I love seeing how the garden morphs from one year to the next. Reading your blog entry has inspired me to take it one step further and scatter seeds as well to see what happens…

  10. Sandy
    July 22, 2012

    We have one acre and manage things much as you do. The north side of our acre is wooded and we leave that be entirely. The south side is cultivated with garden beds. The middle zone around the house is a heavily mulched, edible landscape with mixed plantings. We really only mow where we need to walk in between. If I tried to keep the entire space nicely trimmed and manicured, I would have time for nothing else and I prefer to focus on my edible plantings.

  11. Kara
    July 22, 2012

    Yes! Great inspiration! I just have a little city backyard, not acres to worry about, but after two years of de-weeding and cleaning up, I’m relenting and switching a few areas over to wild herb type things– borage, calendula, and sunflowers are what seem to be self seeding now. I’m looking forward to a few areas in the garden that I don’t have to worry about weeding, and instead encouraging “weeds”!

  12. Denise
    July 22, 2012

    I knew this all along….I just had to hear someone say it!!!!

  13. Sarah
    July 22, 2012

    What a lovely garden, home, lifestyle and blog! I was looking for tips on ripening peaches, read you 2008 entry and began to discover your fabulous life on Vashon Island. Love ferries, love the Olympics, love pretty pictures: thanks for the tales and tips! I’ll let you know how the peaches turn out.

    • Tom
      July 23, 2012

      Thanks Sarah for the kind words and first visit. Look forward to checking your blog too!

  14. Margaret Heizenrader
    July 23, 2012

    Lovely garden, Tom! I really like the idea of scattering flower seeds and let them bloom where they will. This summer is the first year of our expanded flower bed on the side of our house that faces the street. I planted some blueberries and raspberries and artichokes and scattered two bags of wild flower seeds around them – and the other perennials that were already there. The display turned out better than I thought! People walking by comment on how nice it looks and my friend across the street thanks me for giving her such a nice garden to look at from her front porch. And really, I didn’t plan the whole thing at all – it just happened!

  15. dana
    July 23, 2012

    Let the wild rumpus begin!

  16. peter
    July 23, 2012

    Great idea! You’ll actually have time to use your hammock! I don’t recommend this approach for everyone though because all of this idle time could lead to subversive endeavors like relaxing, reading books, (you know, those things with paper pages that don’t require a power source) lavender harvesting, cherry pickling, and talking to other people. Before you know it we’d all start THINKING; who knows where that would lead? :-)

  17. Donna B.
    July 23, 2012

    Amen. I only wished I had more space to be able to do something like this. All you need are chickens to get rid of any possible pest problems from the overgrowth. :D

  18. June
    July 24, 2012

    I think it looks fabulous and it’s another idea I’ll be copying although I’m not sure how to tell our neighbors from hell that we’re going au natural . By the way, I love Donna’s idea re the chickens! Hint, hint!

  19. Sophie
    July 28, 2012

    I love the idea of a really wild flower garden! That is so beautiful to look at! good lcuk with it all, dear Tom!

  20. Sandra
    August 4, 2012

    We came to the same conclusion about lawn and how big it should be. We save lot on gas for the mower, too. The only thing we haven’t tried is your great idea of incorporating wild flowers into the mix which we will try now. Looks very nice!

  21. Kristine Shephard
    October 7, 2014

    I loved reading through this blogspot.
    But am disappointed to see the date of comments is 2012 and there is not follow up photos and commentary. .. :-(
    I do hope that you are well and that no untoward mischief has come between you and your dream garden.
    I am in Australia and have a mind much like your own however a husband who is pursuing a golf course manicure…I compromise. ;-)
    We have the 3.8 acres in the market for what ifs… please let me know of you’d like address to check it out…
    I love it so much!
    Doubt we’d sell even if am offer came.
    Again hope all is well.

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