Quite recently we made a bold move when we decided to downsize from a larger home with an acre of land to a smaller home and lot. More about the move later. I’m not too sure when I developed an enthusiasm for gardening, but when I did, there was no stopping me. I love to dig, get dirt in my fingernails, play with wiggly worms, create compost, transplant, grow seeds, and most of all create an environment that would welcome my fine feathered friends, butterflies, bees, birds and the like. Unfortunately the garden also welcomed deer, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and other four-legged friends that devoured some of the delicate plants that came up in the spring time. It was a hassle trying to ward off these unwanted friends especially after all that hard work. The most exciting moments were watching hummingbirds suck nectar from the flowers. There was never a dull moment with me in the garden, it was therapeutic and healing in more ways than one, I was surrounded by an oasis, a sanctuary.
I loved getting on my tractor and mowing the lawn each week; in the Fall, the tractor also picked up leaves, this was an arduous task as I emptied the 2 large bins on the tractor to a compost heap that I started in the back yard and up a hill. Adding unwanted scraps from the kitchen, eggshells, coffee grinds etc. all added to the rich, dark and earthy compost that cooked for about a year. I would later lovingly spread the compost on the flower beds. Oh what a difference this made! As I was starting this post and collecting pictures from the old house, I started to feel pretty sentimental about that large plot. I left a lot of beautiful shrubs, plants, trees and bulbs behind. How I wish I could have moved some of these plants that I so lovingly tended to. Of course I don’t miss mowing the lawn, or picking up leaves in the Fall, or the sheer size or cleaning up in the spring time, but how I do miss my beautiful plants – I wonder if they miss me and the care they so devotedly received???? Here’s just a sampling of what I left behind. Click on the picture, then use the arrows to navigate the gallery.
Fast forward almost 2 years later. We love it here, the house is easier to maintain and the garden is definitely comparable to a postage stamp, but I have that same penchant for digging in the dirt, listening to the birds chirp, sitting out on the porch and watching the postage stamp evolve around me. When we were looking to downsize, I definitely wanted a small garden, one that I could work away into my golden years. We found just the spot and did I mention how much I love it? :-) No grass to mow, the clean up in the spring time takes me just under a week, no chemicals, no lawn. I’ve been working away to make it look just the way I want it. It has a ways to go, but I do believe I’m getting there. We’ve found paradise in our postage stamp lot :).