Gardening is without a doubt essential to my well-being. I love everything about it - except weeds, of course! But, my most favorite part is the design process. Dreaming about the possibilities of a blank space can literally keep me awake at night.
I seek out lots of inspiration from magazines and Pinterest, then research plants and finally come up with an idea - which surprisingly looks nothing like my inspiration photos. Funny how that happens! Then it's non-stop planting and replanting until the look "feels right." My new "petite space" has been the biggest challenge yet, but progress is being made.
Pathways are in but not fully completed yet. Sitting areas were established first. There are 4 benches in this tiny jewel of a yard with plans for a fifth one. One bench can be seen in the photo above, as well as the cheery red bench (below) which is a "house warming" or should I say "garden warming" gift from my mother and sister.
Currently I'm working on the 10' narrow side yard where I will definitely be going vertical. But joyfully, I have been able to work in three small trees, as well as ferns and bromeliads in this mostly shady area.
As I sit on my back patio and look out over my tiny expanse of a garden, I'm totally delighted with this cozy little space. It is definitely more than I ever thought it could be ~ ~ andI'm just getting started!