Building Flowered Burms

Building Flowered Burms certainly does create interests. Well what is a flowered burm anyway? Well don’t google it with your safe search turned off–whoa…let’s not go there. Ok, a burm is a manmade hill. Most are made to enhance or obstruct a view.

The one above was strategically placed at the Bob Timberlake Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC so that those passing on the sidewalk would be entertained. The gallery did not want you looking at the boring side of the building in the distance.

I might build a burm, plant it with pretty perennials and petunias, and enhance a view or two—how about you?

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  1. Think a burm can’t make a difference? This one certainly did. And mine too. Illinois is FLAT. Capital F. Capital L. Capital A. Capital T. Search for burm on my site to see what a difference a ‘little’ excavation made.

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    1. Carol–you have a burm on steroids. Looks like an obsessive compulsive project that turned out beyond belief. You made a hill. It is really pretty.

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  2. Becca says:

    Beautiful place and so love the flowers. That’s what I need to do in my yard and I have the perfect place.

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    1. Becca–are you done yet? I wanna see.

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  3. Burms rule!! I’m not a savvy gardener like you, but I have always loved burms. They are multi-talented landscaping devices…hiding things and showing off other things. Thanks for reminding me before I start landscaping the farm.

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    1. And crocodiles drool ;). The good thing about your land is its ability to be. It’s a beautiful farm and you’ve made it the place that keeps love flowing. Big hugs Karen

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  4. Harry says:

    I wonder at what point a raised bed becomes a berm (is it berm or burm?). I can think of several reasons why this would be a good idea, from visual appeal to creating a sort of micro-climate – and because you can stuff more plants into a raised area than the same space flat.

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    1. Harry–I have wanted to do it for years—cause it makes so much sense. I don’t know where I’m putting one either but I am.

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  5. Dear Anna, The plantings in this way do make a striking statement. I tend to have many natural hillocks, mounds and what not all about the land. I let nature plant them in her wild dress. Building up the soil versus flat for a city plot is a good idea I think. Lovely!

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    1. Hey Carol–love your bit of heaven and your personality to go along. I do enjoy seeing your hilliness.

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  6. A flower berm is great idea. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
    The one captured above has to be the most attractive one I have seen to date. It underscores the importance that simply building a berm is not enough. Some thought about the strategic placement of the flowers is required to make that berm “pop”.

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    1. And every year they do it well. It’s so planned but yet not. Oh is it a berm? and not a burm–I think what you say is Gospel so I’m going with berm.

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  7. Sylvia (England) says:

    Anna, a Happy New Year to you and your family. I love hills and bumps so the idea of a burm is “just up my street”. It does make it easier if the garden is flat to start with, my small steeply sloped garden is not really ideal but it is a thought…!

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

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    1. Gosh you are faithful at visiting our blogs—must take you 3 years or better to go from end to end. I appreciate that you came to see me and my berm. Life cheers up when you come showing your cheery self. Big hugs.

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  8. Linda says:

    What a beatiful house in the back!!!!
    Love it!

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    1. Opps–Linda–I commented on the previous before I saw this comment–I am glad to see you. That place in the back is attractive but not like the gallery that owns the berm–well they both benefit from the beauty.

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