From a large plot to a postage stamp!

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 :).

 

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  1. You are inspirational Loretta. I remember asking your advice on Hostas. this year, despite my hostas being in pots on our postage stamp garden which I am sure is less than a sixteenth of yours, I have THE most fantastic hostas.

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    1. Yes, exactly….guess it’s there somewhere :). Thanks for checking them out. Perhaps I’ll re-blog and bring them to FF to grace everyone’s tables?

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  2. Thanks darlin’ off to work now, catch up later….just wondered why it did not post on Reader? I could tell that nobody had seen it. Thanks for checking.

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  3. Loretta – you are full of surprises! My goodness but both your gardens are simply stunning. Wow! I am speechless. For the first time ever I don’t have a garden at all and I really miss that. Can’t wait to see what the summer has in store for your garden this year!

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    1. Awww, thanks Selma, you’re always so kind and encouraging with your comments. At last, I have somewhere where I can document and write about some of the things I’m passionate about. I thought of bringing bouquets to FF this week to grace everyone’s tables?

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  4. By the way. If it’s not showing up in the reader it could be because the time needs adjusting in your dashboard settings. I’m on my phone now do can’t check the sequence but let me know if you need help later. This happened to Elaine and to me recently.

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  5. Wow, your garden is so beautiful (even the postage stamp size version). My favorite line was “We’ve found paradise in our postage stamp lot,” too cute! Thanks for bringing the flowers to FF, it will certainly be a well-decorated party this week. And, have a wonderful weekend! 😀

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    1. Wow! I’ll bet you feel it – did you live on a farm? I actually love this area, I was just missing my plants as I was reminiscing about them as I gathered those pictures. Enjoy the weekend, thanks for visiting.

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    1. Thanks Lori, you’re so kind! I thought flowers might set the tone for the party, I hope folks enjoyed them. Enjoy your weekend, and FF! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Your photos are amazing, I love the gardens! This is the first year in a long time I haven’t been able to plant, thanks to a recent knee surgery. You are going to be my inspiration however for next year! Happy Fiesta Friday! 🙂

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  7. What a stunning gallery of colors and blooms. Life is bittersweet, isn’t it? With what we leave behind, what we miss, and what is new and better in its own different way . . . . I’ve heard that sharing with others cuts the pain of loss in half and multiplies the joy of gaining something new twofold! So thank you for sharing these photos, memories, with us today!

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    1. Thanks so much, you’re very kind. I actually just miss the plants, I don’t really miss all that work. We are really glad we made the decision to downsize, when there’s just the 2 of you at home, these large homes are a bear to clean and the garden just too large. It’s a whole new lifestyle for us as we approach our golden years :). Thanks for stopping by, and Happy weekend and Fiesta Friday.

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    1. Thanks a ton Angie, so kind of you. Would love to see pictures of your garden, I’m sure your just being modest about being a novice gardener. You are quite an artist in the kitchen, sure your garden is just as beautiful.

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  8. Oh Loretta… I so need your help!! You have a talent… a true talent. Welcome to Fiesta Friday!! I’m so glad you brought your beautiful gardens to our table… they’re pretty special. You know… tranquility…that happy place. Wonderful, wonderful post. Have a lovely week. And I’m serious. I truly need your help!! ❤

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  9. Oh Loretta, both gardens are so beautiful! But I imagine the first was hard to maintain just because of the sheer size of it. I would love to have a flower and vegetable garden, but I’ve not found the time or energy to build flower beds and vegetable patches yet. I think if I started, I would really love it, like you did. Have fun relaxing in your garden! That wine is calling to me….

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    1. Thanks Ngan, you’re so kind. I really enjoyed both gardens and continue to improve the wee one. I just find it so therapeutic to be outside, listening to the birds, digging, weeding, transplanting etc. I believe if you started out with a small patch, be it flowers or veggies, you would find it truly relaxing. I guess, I just like to see the results, you win some, you lose some, just like with cooking I suppose :). So go ahead, plant in pots first, they are more manageable 🙂

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    1. Thanks you so much for your kind words. I hope your inspiration gets you going, would love to see what’s happening in your Mumbai garden when you get started. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Nancy for visiting :). We too took the plunge, left the big house, lot and the suburbs behind, in favor of the city. The postage stamp lot is the city one. I took a peek at your blog too, it’s beautiful. You are very fortunate to be able to grow veggies, I don’t think I have enough room, nor sun for that. I do have herbs in pots though and perhaps I’ll grow tomatoes next year.

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