It’s been a while since I posted anything on the gardening section of Safari of the Mind. I just know I have to remedy that right away. Believe me when I tell you though, it’s not as though I haven’t been posting all my hard work on social media 🙂 This year especially, I’ve been extra diligent, wanting to stay a few steps ahead of the game. It took quite a lot of work to get both the front and back gardens cleaned up from the ravages of winter. This past winter was pretty brutal on the East Coast and as a result, the garden needed extra sprucing in the spring time. This post will probably be a pictorial one, sit back, relax and enjoy all the colors and vibrancy that flowers create around this time of year.
In the spring, the azaleas were bursting at the seams with an abundance of blossoms; it seems like some years they do and other times they don’t. Hot pinks, reds and pale pinks strutted their stuff. I’ve tried to establish an English cottage garden look with a jumble of flowers, shrubs and herbs, varying heights of perennials and annuals. You can plant a “cottage” look in an urban setting as well as in the suburbs. My passion and hard work and an ability to work every single day has given me that desired look – a kaleidoscope of hue and texture.
Isn’t it always exciting to see winter transitioning to spring, and then spring to summer? Tomorrow is the first day of summer and I do believe the garden is all set. My favorite spring time of the year is shopping for annuals in the nurseries around, and it seems like each and every year, I treat myself to at least one new perennial for the back garden. Since we’ve downsized, we don’t seem to have a lot of room, so I try to contain myself, its hard, as I want everything I see. When I first laid eyes on this house, I saw potential, I fell in love with the orderly arrangement of flower beds in the front and the back with a private courtyard, and not a blade of grass. At our tender ages, we don’t need the added chores of cutting the grass every weekend.
I purchased a new clematis last Fall and was anxious to see whether or not it would surface after the harsh winter. Well, 12 blooms gleamed out at the world, isn’t she a beauty? I have a pink one too at the other end of the garden, but it isn’t quite so detailed as this purple wonder! I was also thrilled that my scented dianthus was just teeming with buds bursting out in every direction. They are placed strategically before the stairs leading to the front door, so you can imagine the beautiful scents as one entered the front door or sat in the porch area.
The entrance to the porch and front door.
Daylilies and Asiatic lilies. I try to use a granular fertilizer like Miracle Gro every few weeks so the blooms look bright and cheery. Adding mulch to a bed definitely keeps the weeds at bay and minimizes watering.
Since gardening space is at a premium, I now tend to grow more in pots. They do serve a purpose I must say – you can move them around, you can pair them with different plants and provide different colors each year. My faves have to be verbena, petunias, geraniums, coleus and a few others.
By planting white flowers in groups, it can lighten up a dark area and gives the garden a sense of peace and tranquility. My white azaleas above are late bloomers for some reason, perhaps it does not get much sunlight at all? Still, it is not in competition with the other pinks and red azaleas that show off in the spring.
The last grouping of pictures is in the back courtyard. Small groupings of tables and chairs in 2 separate areas gives a warm welcome to guests visiting. Last weekend we held a barbecue for 15 friends in this urban oasis. We’ve always loved to entertain, obviously we cannot have as many people as we’ve had in other homes, but I’ve been pretty satisfied with how I’ve transformed the area. I love birds visiting, little critters darting back and forth, squirrels, rabbits etc. Now all I need is the sound of some trickling water by way of a fountain, and I’ll be in heaven 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into my urban garden.