"Could You Leave Your Garden?" my good friend, Tina asked me. We'd been walking in the neighborhood and noticing the new construction, when I shared with her that my next house and garden would be entirely different!
Gardening differently has been on my mind and in process for some time...
The garden has already changed with the improvements to the way back and soon the grass paths in the front yard are going to be covered in pine straw. But, the changes that I wondered about out loud to my friend, are seeds that I've been planting for some time.
Frances and I have been chatting about this for months. I'm not getting younger and the energy with which I gardened in the past just isn't the same. The thought of digging into the soil and hitting limestone is no longer thrilling! The possibility that a big perennial garden might be too much to handle in the distant future has to be considered...Truthfully, it's kind of exciting to think about a totally different style of gardening or just a smaller native garden.
I am a great believer in planting seeds of change, well before the change needs to happen! I've already begun to work the metaphorical soil...turning over ideas and plans in my head, amending as I go and then letting it lay fallow, until it's ready to be sown.
What am I doing in the meantime?
I notice and appreciate the skill and artistry that gardeners bring to smaller gardens.
Mr. McGregor's Daughter's lovely woodland garden
Gathering ideas for that time when I move to a different home and smaller garden....I am also making the garden easier for me to take care of and enjoy.
Evergreen rosemary in the patio garden will survive in this protected spot
I am planting more evergreens and structural plants to look good all year. I am hiring helpers to do more of the work...Like leaf removal! This yard has more then its fair share of leaves! Getting help may be the single smartest thing any of us can do to take care of our bodies! So we can enjoy all the rest of our gardening years!
The new Waiting Bench is waiting for The Susan's to bloom
I've added several benches that are the same color as the house and carport columns. They connect the gardens to the house. If you know me, you might wonder why I didn't go for the same flash of color the red bench gives the patio! I thought about it and knew that the deeper, richer colored benches made good design sense!
A landscape crew has been hired to replace the high maintenance, sort of grass paths with pinestraw. They'll also edge the beds. The pinestraw and edging will provide a cleaner, crisper look to the woodland gardens and the sunny Susans' Bed.
Calm paths, with good lines will act as a balm to the exuberance of clay and limestone's wildflower beds. Rather like wearing a simple sling back sandal with a wildly printed dress! It's just the right touch.
Many years ago, I read an essay about how we could make our gardens easier for us as we age... Those ideas, like seeds, have been dormant; waiting for the gardener to work the soil and they have now sprouted and are growing madly!
Am I ready to let go of my garden today?
No, not yet! Right now, I have trouble leaving it for a weekend...but, I am planning how to in the future!
...and you? Could you leave your garden?