I like to sit out on the front porch on my bench where I can watch people walking and cycling by but they don’t usually see me.
I’m hidden behind the crabapple tree and this year, the giant Boston ferns attract more attention than I do.
At my feet and all around me are containers of plants, including rain lilies, Zephyranthes sp., and the purple heart, Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea', grown from a start given to me by Annie in Austin.
This fall, I’ll take the purple heart inside and put the rain lilies in the garage to overwinter.
Though the porch faces south, the overhang of the roof and the crabapple tree shade it most of the time, so it’s a nice place to sit and read a book or thumb through gardening magazines, any time of day.
Another favorite spot is the vegetable garden.
I’ve posted picture after picture of this garden, generally taken while standing in this same spot. The garden isn't looking its best right now. After being cool and rainy most of the summer, the rain has moved on, and the garden could use some water. But I still love it.
Few visitors actually walk all the way back here to the vegetable garden, so it really is my space. I know it well. I built all the frames for the raised beds, added the dirt, laid out the paths, brought in the mulch for the paths, set up the compost bins. I plant it every year. I’ve made it my garden.
I am planning this same approach this fall when I create a new border garden along another section of the fence. I’ll bring in some compost and top soil ‘one wheelbarrow at a time’ and soon I’ll have a nice bed ready for planting.
If you do a big project like this vegetable garden a little at a time, soon you’ll have a nice garden, a garden that you are connected with.
Every gardener has a favorite place or two in their garden, places they spend more time in than other places.
We find those places by being in the garden in all seasons and all times of day. We think about what we want those places to be and then we make them, one plant, one shovelful of dirt at a time. They are our places.
Without those places, it’s not a garden, is it?
Do you have a favorite place in your garden?