Traditional American farm house garden?
We had a friend over for dinner tonight. She is thinking of buying an old farmhouse to leave in, but she doesn't like the garden, and she asked me for help (since she likes the way my garden looks).
But here's the problem: She wants to restore the garden so that it looks like a "traditional American farm house garden."
I worked on farms in my younger days (and once redesigned a farm's vegetable and flower garden with a tractor and discs), but I have no notion of what that "traditional American farm house garden" might be.
I've seen the house she is buying, and I tried to tell her she already what she was looking for. The house sits among fields (which are no longer part of the property). It is separated from the road by a lawn which has several old fruit trees. To one side is a vegetable/cutting flower garden (separated from he lawn and from the fields by a hedge of berry canes). A barn in back is linked to the house by a couple of large rhododendrons, and there are a couple of large rosebushes out front. That's it.
We went through my collection of garden photos and came up with nothing more exciting -- unless the farm house had been converted into a urban commuter's residence or winery.
I'm obviously missing something. Does anyone have any suggestions?