My backyard is blank. There’s pretty much nothing. I want it to be something. I walk through Lowe’s, and I think…
That bird bath is fabulous.
Ooh a swinging chair.
I need a solar powered water fountain.
Yes, a no-trees needed hammock.
Faux grass is perfect.
I totally need a gnome statue.
I love every single plant and flower, and I’m out of control. I want everything, but I certainly don’t have the money or the space for it all. Time to breath, calm down, and think it through.
To tame my swirling excitement, I sat down with a pad of paper and a pencil and put my teaching powers to use. Normally, I would be asking my students to create bubble maps. This time the assignment was all mine. Within each bubble I lassoed my backyard landscaping priorities into categories and sub-categories that created a clear vision in my mind.
Rather than making my main topic plain old backyard, I wrote the incomplete sentence, My backyard is… I imagined how I wanted to be able to describe my backyard in the future by imagining it as being the reality of today.
With the help of the bubble map, even though it’s cluttered with ideas, I realize that I don’t need a lot to get started. I just need to get some basic landscaping in, which can expand over time with more planning and bubble maps. Once I get the irrigation set up, add landscaping rocks, and plant some shrubs, I will have a backyard to enjoy and grow with over time.