Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

Finally Lost My Garden Virginity

The good and exciting news is…. I BOUGHT A HOUSE!   Check that off my bucket list! WOOT!  The bad news is… it comes with a garden.  Crap.   First off, I am not much of an outdoor person.  Second off, this is pretty scary stuff for a woman who kills everything.  I am sure I inherited a brown thumb from my father.

This is why all my houseplants are plastic.

What I started with…

Since I couldn’t stand the thought of entertaining people in a weed infested yard of death and decay, I decided I had to buck up and get my hands dirty.  It’s a good thing I have a few good horticulturally savvy friends, or I’d have needed to breath into a paper bag the moment I stepped into the garden center. With no tools, no knowledge and no experience, it was a tad overwhelming.  Thank goodness Jenn was there to hold my hand.


Here is a before and after of my camellia bush.  Jenn did a great pruning job.

Before and after of my cherry tree, raspberries and blackberries.   Looking better!

Ta Da! Still a little sad and barren, but it has potential.  

I planted some pansies in the hopes they are hard to kill, and some pretty blue things whose name I can’t remember.  Gardens are a little less scary now.
I think I got this.


Author: Ali

Alison Spokes was born and raised in Houston, British Columbia and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia as a self-taught digital fantasy artist and Tarot card reader. Visit her website:


  1. It looks great! Dirt, water, sun. That’s about it, really.

  2. Oh Alison! Your gardening adventures look wonderful! I come from a childhood on a 40 acre farm (which was technically a cattle farm – but had a whole lot of gardening) and living with my parents (who actually ripped out their entire front lawn to put in a giant garden)! Ack! I did NOT inherit such wonderful patience and gardening skills…

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