Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I love a good open garden. To wander through someone's garden, get nosy, feel relieved in finding a weed, revel in the plant pairings and get great ideas for my own garden. I thought we'd have a virtual garden tour here at Lelo in Nopo, and invite you in for a look at our own garden as it appears in June 2011.
Make no mistake: there is work here to be done. There is chaos. There is calm. There has been a lot of work. It's a labor of love and spaces we've built over the past decade or so. I'll show it to you in five parts: Welcome, Side of Chaos, Edibles, Side of Calm, The Hangout.
Yes, there is a house behind all of this, a house that turns 100 years old this year. This front was once all grass. Actually, weeds and holes and some grass. And a hornets nest in the ground. Today? It's where we interact with our neighbors, sit and ponder from a hidden away bench, welcome guests to our front door, and grow our vegetables.
Every year I rip out these daisies and every year they come back. This is a wild bed, that transforms greatly at different times during the year.
If you leave your shoes here I might put plants in them.
The front porch pots still hold the winter blooms. Beyond them you can see the column holding the giant jasmine.
Jude the Obscure anchors this corner, at the perfect height to offer you a bloom to sniff. It's a delightful scent.
And beyond Jude you begin to see the Side of Chaos. And the Side of Chaos will be tomorrow's Virtual Garden Tour.
Before we continue, have a seat and take it all in. There's a lot to see here!