city gardening

Ready, Set, Grow!

Ahh springtime!  Re-connecting with the earth is affirming, renewing and promising.  Waking up to a new growing season, the garden is bursting with possibilities, there’s plans to be made for the new season, salvaging some of the more delicate shrubs that might need attention, trimming and clipping dead wood, fertilizing, mulching, and general clean up of the beds is first on my list of priorities.   Each year, I try to add a few new perennials to the already established flower beds.  I love sharing and dividing what I have and receiving the same from friends.   Here are some collages of what has already bloomed and some current bloomers.  If you’ve been following Safari of the Mind, you will know that about 4 years ago, we downsized and moved to the city.  Space is a premium here, but I continue to work on the flower beds both in the back and front to get it to look the way I want it to, it’s a work in progress for sure.

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The garden awakens!

I don’t want to jinx it, but this winter has been relatively mild.  I’ve yet to haul out my heavy winter coat for those frigid snowy days.  Why?  Well, there’s hardly been any snow to write home about and the temperatures haven’t dipped as low as they have in years past.  This is February for crying out loud, and we’ve flirted with temperatures in the high 60’s- 70 degrees F (20-21 degrees C) for several days.  I could easily live with winters like these.  As a matter of fact I haven’t been  whining to my husband as much as I have in the past about escaping to a tropical island.

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An urban garden retreat

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.

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