It has been almost three years now since we’ve downsized and moved closer to the city. I’ve spent the past 3 years trying to get a semblance of order into the flower beds of our town home. A while back I blogged about our old garden and compared it to the postage stamp lot that we now enjoy. You can read about it here. I definitely don’t miss cutting the grass every weekend, we now have flower beds in the front and back of the house. The backyard has a lovely courtyard for entertaining, and did I mention I did not miss the grass? When we were house hunting, this was something I definitely had high on my priority list, so when we found this beautiful home, with absolutely not a blade of grass, but wonderful flower beds, I was sold. I also volunteer in a garden once a week. This year we’ve put in quite a few vegetables in some of the raised beds, and since I live quite close to it, I’ve been put in charge of these beds. So even though we don’t have the room for vegetables here, it is just a hop and a jump down the road, it’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to pick your own vegetables and herbs. If you’ve missed the post, you can click on the pink.
After re-designing and re-planning at least a dozen times, I believe I’m starting to feel that my plants are happy and so am I. As a gardener, I’m sure you’ll agree that you’re never really content unless you’ve moved everything around at least more than once. Do you ever find yourself doing that? I never seem too happy when I first plant it in the ground, it either does not match the rest of the foliage, or it gets far too big for the spot, or it gets too much sun or not enough shade. I’m constantly uprooting plants, but now I finally feel a bit more settled with just a tad more shifting come the cooler weather. Come walk around with me and enjoy these gorgeous flower beds which bring me so much joy. With just a little space, one has to really work hard at making these gardens a welcome respite for butterflies, bees, birds and humans.
Moving onto the side yard now, I’ve managed to create a space for some shade loving plants with hostas and ajuga , next year I’d like to add some annuals in between, perhaps white begonias as it feels a restful spot that can be seen from the side of the front porch. Sitting outside on the porch on summer evenings, I enjoy this little patch. Wind chimes blowing in the wind, the fragrance of the petunia basket, reading or enjoying a glass of vino and saying hello to all the passers-by. City gardening is just wonderful.
Now onto the backyard – there’s still a bit more work, but I am definitely enjoying the shape of things to come. I acquired a few Asiatic lilies, some scented and others not. I was not sure of the colors when I first got them, so I initially potted them, but will put them in the ground in the Fall. It should provide a perfect backdrop against the ugly fence, with the other shrubs and perennial plants in front.
Here are the lush and incredibly delicious fragrant lilies that perfume the air. The non-fragrant variety bloomed about a month ago, the fragrant ones are blooming right now, they can make exquisite bouquets (minus the stamens, as they stain).
After all that hard work, don’t you think it is time to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of vino? Cheers!
I’d like to link this post to two gardeners whose blogs inspire me. Garden Walk Garden Talk has a wonderful garden in an urban setting. Garden In a City is another wonderful and informative blog. Click on their links and get ready to be inspired too! Enjoy gardening my friends, it is quite therapeutic.