Thursday, March 3, 2011

in want of a garden

Spring is in the air, and I am sad that I will have no garden this year.

Truth be told, I am happiest in the garden. It's my own private sanctuary.

I don't dare try to start any landscaping or vegetable gardening yet. If I've learned anything over the years, it's that all my hard work will get trampled when there are workmen around.

For now, I can only dream about gardens filled with succulents and grasses and tropicals -- plants very different from my cottage garden in the Bay Area. (seen above)

John has promised to build me raised beds so that we may have fresh vegetables again. I dream of vegetable gardens filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, and kale. Basil, parsley, and several types of lettuce.

If you're lucky enough to have a garden, what are you growing?


  1. Your garden was beautiful. I'm sure you'll have one again soon. I wish I was as skilled in the garden department, we have a lot of work to do on the yard :(.

  2. Wow! You have a green thumb for sure. You're welcome to come to New England this spring and work on mine :)

  3. That was indeed a lovely garden. We started growing things last summer, our first summer at our new house. We grew five types of tomatoes, peppers, basil, rosemary, chives and sage along with our 50 year old hostas, black-eyed susans, giant hydrangeas and daisies. I am planning to plant a little less tomato this year (we had so many I had to keep giving them away) and I want to add cucumbers.

  4. Thanks for stopping by today! We have a very small "yard" (brick patio with a little planting space) and it's very shady. I had some success with herbs last year, but am unsure if anything else will grow. When we had a big roof deck in the city a few years ago, I grew fantastic tomatoes. Man, do I miss that direct sunlight!

  5. @ elizabeth~
    Thanks. It was a lot of trial and error in that garden, but I quickly learned what grew well and what didn't. Now I have a whole new zone to learn. --rubbing hands together in anticipation...--

  6. @ Carrie~
    Thanks. I think Meyers-Briggs once 'told' me that I should have been a landscape gardener, or something like that. If you lived closer, I'd totally help you!

  7. @ Giulia~
    We were the same with the tomatoes, we had so many. My kids used to "snack" on them while they played. They preferred the cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes. :)

  8. @ Laura~
    You could do some really fun container gardens on your brick patio.

  9. Hey Kirwin,

    I just got your comment. It is funny to hear the comments when you tell people. One of our friends thought we had bought a plane :). Our husband's are pilots. I searched and searched craigslist, ebay and there are a few Airstream classified sites. CA is one of the most popular states for them (but they're also the most expensive there). I hope you get one soon. Although you definitely have your hands full with your reno.

  10. hey, from comment left from elizabeth, maybe we should be looking out of state for an airstream. i'll be in utah this summer.;)
    you do not cease to amaze me...your garden was a beauty! i too am hoping and waiting for raised beds full of tomatoes, cukes, squash, peppers, basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, and oregano.

  11. I'm jealous of those with gardens. I live in a rented house, and while it's very nice and I'm lucky to be in it (especially for the cost!), there is no yard. At most, we have balconies out back. They're nice, and the view is awesome, but it's nothing like my parents' yard in CT where I grew up kicking the soccer ball around and playing with the dog.

  12. @ Elizabeth~
    I think my husband searches Craigslist and a certain Airstream classified site for them. He just found a really nice one, but it's in New Mexico. -sigh- We'll get one...eventually.

  13. @ Teresa~
    Can you handle driving TWO Airstream back from Utah? Does Jake have his driving license yet? ; )

  14. @ Mary~
    I know what you mean. I could grow a few things at the (rented) house we're living in now, but I just don't have the heart. I want to be in my house with my garden.


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