Winter Dream

Winter is a trial for me. Days are short, dark and really cold. I recognize the romance in a roaring fire and twinkling lights around our front door, but my spirit flags halfway through the season. I miss the warmth of the sun. I miss my garden.

Recently though, on a balmy winter day, my survival instinct kicked in and I began dreaming of spring, and a new garden.

It started innocently enough, with a photo I admired on Gardenista.com. This garden had an uncanny similarity to the terrace off our kitchen, assuming you mixed in a whole lot of imagination. The photo was of a sumptuous garden, framing a perfect putting green piece of turf. plants-between-pavers-eve-everdell-2
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Our flagstone terrace is busy with pots of annuals in fair weather, a way station for firewood in the winter, and a thoroughfare to prettier parts of the yard.

Yet, when I imagined the magical Gardinista garden, transposed onto our dull terrace space…voila!….. things got very exciting.

And that’s what we did.

My husband is a saint. He saw this coming one day, as he found me in the yard with a measuring tape and stakes. He knows I’m a restless dreamer, but restless dreaming comes at a price.

Though the flagstones were not set on a concrete pad, a lot of work had to be done lifting out the stones, bringing in topsoil, laying brick borders for the flower beds, knocking down a wall and leveling out the second portion of the garden beyond the old terrace.

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Fast forward, and add in the ‘at a price’ part, and here we are. Maybe we should tee it up and launch a few into the trees, where mine always end up anyway.

I have lots of plans flickering through my mind for the flower beds- sea thistle and blue fescue, lavender and geranium, canterbury bells and poppies…. and roses! I’m musing over color palettes and imagining this space alive with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

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Then suddenly, with a new fallen snow, I was reminded that winter always hangs on longer than we would like. But in the waiting, hope becomes real, and dreams feel possible.

Spring.

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5 Responses to Winter Dream

  1. Liz j says:

    Nice one Perry. Look fw to seeing this!

  2. Wilhelmina Ossorio Peters says:

    Lovely.

  3. Peter Weeks says:

    I hope your dream is realized – it will be a stunning addition!

  4. Connie Cowen says:

    Thanks for taking us with you on this glorious new gardening adventure!

  5. B. Betschart says:

    Can’t wait to see it. Another beautiful landscape idea blooms.

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