||[Apr. 9th, 2008|10:05 am]
I wish I had a garden.|
It's not that I'm a great gardener; it's just that I'd like to have a space to potter in. With hedges. Very tall hedges.
The last time I had a garden was over twenty years ago. It was a vicarage garden and really quite big. It sloped down hill and was boggy in parts. I can't pretend I did a lot with it, but I used to cut the grass and once - very amateurishly- I laid a path.
I'd like to look out the widow and see very big trees. We have trees here in the back yard, but I have to keep them ruthlessly clipped or they'd bring down phone lines- and it's not the same.
Yesterday we went to B & Q and bought pansies. I think we left it a bit late because the plants were all half price and short of blooms- and when I got them out of their pots I found they'd been rooting furiously with nowhere to go. I've put them in the two planters in the front yard. They'll give me something to smile about as I go in and out the front door.
I miss my garden. It's the only thing I miss about the rural life. I really am a "city mouse". Next month I will be putting my name in the hat for a drawing for one of the avilable community gardens here in the city. It's a couple of miles from home, but a nice walk on a good day, or a bus ride if I have too much pain to walk on a given day.
About the pansies: you know, of course, that you can deadhead them and keep them blooming just about all summer, dont you. Just snap off the dead and fading blooms, and any seed pods that might have formed. In this way I have had great success with "bargain" flats of various kinds of flowers I used to buy.
Now we plant in containers on our rooftop garden because it is all the yard we have. Oh, yes, and we also walk about five blocks to the Boston Public Garden to see flowers in their season and feed the ducks and swans on the lagoon where the Swan Boats are berthed from May to September.
Actually, we DO have yards here in the city. The Boston Common, the Public Garden, the Charles River Esplanade, the Fenway, and a little farther out, the Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park. Lots of green space in such a small city (pop. 1,000,000).
I'll be taking pictures on my springtime walks around the city and will post some in my LJ.
By the way, I so love your pictures!
Over here we call them allotments.
It so happens I was watching a news item yesterday about a set of historic allotments that have just been awarded a £ multi million grant. They're going to restore the Victorian summerhouses and tidy up the hedges and clear ground that has run wild and attract new community gardeners. These particular allotments were in Nottingham and are among the oldest in the country- first established in 1836.
Pansies are easy to care for and live a long time.
I thought you did have a little garden in back, and imagined it with grass and bushes.
We do- but it's tiny- a little paved yard- and there isn't any grass :(