My Therapy

Since I’ve been working like crazy on the outside of our house all spring vs. the inside, I thought I’d share some pictures of my garden with you. There are still some projects left to do, but it has come a long way since we moved in. I’ve been loving getting my hands dirty and watching it grow. It’s truly one of the places in my life where I feel most content.

It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things…

Barbara Kingsolver

Jasmine Flower

This Jasmine is what dreams are made of. It has grown so much already since I planted it just this past March. I’m going to look forward to its fragrance every year.

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I think I may have underestimated these potatoes and am regretting not putting them in a bigger pot. If you’re new at growing vegetables, may I suggest starting with potatoes? This huge plant started from two sad, old, far-too-soft, potatoes.

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Mint and succulents. Two necessities in any garden.

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My hydrangeas are starting to bloom! And the nasturtiums are going nuts.

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The blueberries are coming! Eleanor is beside herself. She’s been asking if she can have some since March.

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Dreamy, native Lupines.

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Lavender explosion and a new tree we planted in the background. The tree is called a Calodendron. The leaves smell like peanut butter and it blooms beautiful fragrant flowers later in the summer.

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Hosta. I’m kind of obsessed with the stuff. I probably have like ten of them in all the shady parts of my yard.

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More Hosta, like I said. And the Astilbe is blooming! I love how the two plants contrast each other in their color and texture.

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Our little rain garden and glimpse of our patio.

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Yummy basil and a gorgeous plant I love but can’t remember the name of.

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This last one is the Sumac tree we potted during our wedding ceremony, as a representation of our marriage. It was in the same pot for 3 whole years, doing fine, but not able to spread its roots and really experience it’s potential and size. Needless to say, we were very excited to get it in the ground when we bought our house. We’re glad it’s surviving the transplant and growing even! We’re looking forward to seeing it grow even more and become what it was meant to be. Not surprisingly, this tree’s story is not so different from the story of our marriage over these past 3 and a half years.

My work this spring has mainly just been a lot of filling the existing garden beds in (they were pretty barren), tearing out some ugly shrubs, and adding a few more flower beds. The next projects are hopefully creating a covered area for one of our back patios and making some raised beds on the patio as well for growing vegetables. I’m looking forward to being able to share those finished projects!

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  1. Helen BAgnall says:

    The un-named plant may be Elephant Ear Plant, Caladium (I read this was poisonous on wikipedia).

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