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.
It’s that time of year again when all the flowers are vying for attention. Every which way you turn, there’s a splash of color here and a profusion of blooms there. Ever since spring has sprung around these parts, the temperatures have fluctuated from pretty warm in the 80’s to fairly cooler days with clouds and drizzle. I guess the latter has it’s upside as it makes spring last that much longer. There’s nothing worse than going from winter to summer with no spring-like weather in between. I have a pretty small urban garden since we’ve downsized, but I spend a lot of time trying to make it a more welcome patch for us, the pollinators and our fine-feathered friends. There’s nothing more satisfying for me than to sit on the back patio and watch the birds dive-bomb to the feeders. Recently, a pair of mourning doves have set up home in our space, they seem unperturbed as I work around them. Come with me, won’t you and take a look around at some of what has been blooming since March in our city garden.
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.
You might think of the title as literally vegging out, but quite the contrary folks, these six raised vegetable beds demand a lot of work, love, time and commitment. These cold frame beds are located in Goodstay Gardens, a place where I volunteer once a week, and if you are a regular reader on my blog, you will remember the post where I wrote about these gardens a couple weeks ago. Click on the green if you missed it.