urban gardening

How does your garden grow?

It’s been a while since I posted anything on the gardening section of Safari of the Mind.ย  I just know I have to remedy that right away.ย  Believe me when I tell you though, it’s not as though I haven’t been posting all my hard work on social media ๐Ÿ™‚ This year especially, I’ve been extra diligent, wanting to stay a few steps ahead of the game.ย  It took quite a lot of work to get both the front and back gardens cleaned up from the ravages of winter.ย  This past winter was pretty brutal on the East Coast and as a result, the garden needed extra sprucing in the spring time.ย  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.

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Come into my garden, my flowers want to meet you :)

It’s that time of year again when all the flowers are vying for attention.ย  Every which way you turn, there’s a splash of color here and a profusion of blooms there.ย  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.ย  I guess the latter has it’s upside as it makes spring last that much longer.ย  There’s nothing worse than going from winter to summer with no spring-like weather in between.ย  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.ย  There’s nothingย  more satisfying for me than to sit on the back patio and watch the birds dive-bomb to the feeders.ย  Recently,ย  a pair of mourning doves have set up home in our space, they seem unperturbed as I work around them.ย  Come with me, won’t you and take a look around at some of what has been blooming since March in our city garden.

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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.ย  I’ve spent the past 3 years trying to get a semblance of order into the flower beds of our town home.ย  A while back Iย  blogged about our old garden and compared it to the postage stamp lot that we now enjoy.ย  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.ย  The backyard has a lovely courtyard for entertaining, and did I mention I did not miss the grass?ย ย  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.ย  I also volunteer in a garden once a week.ย  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.ย  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.ย  If you’ve missed the post, you can click on the pink.

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Vegging out!

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.ย  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.ย  Click on the green if you missed it.

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