When it comes to gardening I am the VERY first to admit that I have nothing close to a green thumb. I’ve tried and I do stay pretty diligent about trying to keep them alive, but typically the routine goes like this: buy an over priced yet beautiful plant, spend too much time planting said plant into a beautiful pot, find just the right spot for it to live, water it and shower it with words of affirmation so that it grows big and tall in its new home, THEN slowly watch the leaves go from green to brown falling off one by one as I sing to myself “Another Winter in a Summer Town” in my the most Edith Bouvier Beale voice my little lungs can handle. If you haven’t seen the musical or listened to that song you are doing a a MASSIVE disservice to yourself, and if you haven’t tried to care for a plant you are also doing a disservice to yourself. More on the latter below.
My point being, gardening isn’t exactly a walk in the park (see what I did there) especially when your park involves multiple plants, yards of grass, flowers to cut, branches to prune, and bugs to keep out. So, just as our phones, watches, and lives have modernized, so have some of our gardens and I hate to say it but I am into it. For centuries (I’m no horticultural historian – so don’t take this part seriously) people had sprawling gardens filled with the most beautiful species anyone could ever want, BUT for centuries those people that had those gardens were probably akin to Paris Hilton in 2005 (pre “that’s hot” phase) in the fact that they had NOTHING to do with their lives and no day job to tend to or rent to pay, so a garden was the perfect place to leisurely tend to their Rhododendron and Ranunculus whilst worrying about the fact that they had no worries to worry about. Thankfully now we have a bit more to worry about and a lot more beautiful places to worry about those things in, although no matter the case garden gnomes are always a no in my book.
What is passable in my book are some of these lovelies that show that just because you don’t have time to take care of a sprawling garden doesn’t mean that you can’t have the not so garden, garden in your life.
Don’t yell at me… I am sure you are thinking this isn’t a garden – but that is the whole point of the post so let’s move on shall we?
A garden doesn’t have to be “ye olde garden” with winding paths and rows of roses. Sometimes a garden can be as simple as a few well placed pots in a massive deck with perfectly placed rocking chairs and a stunning outdoor fireplace. (Can you tell I am into this one?)
Or if you are feeling ballsy you might add a terrace to plant something in. She looks super happy (and ballsy) and he looks even happier (and less ballsier) being uncomfortably far away from her while peeling an orange and roasting tomatoes in a bread pan?!
Or a few terraces:
Or think you are David Bowie and go all “Labyrinth” on your backyard like these folks did.
Or really make your landscapers hate you and decide to terrace your entire backyard on a curve. (Although truth be told I am VERY into this one, although mowing and edging it looks like it would be a bit%$. My high school self definitely would have charged more than $40 for this backyard.
Whatever your vibe enjoy your space, make it your own, throw in a pond for your baby turtles (Swell has you covered on that one) or a gravel pit, or some climbing roses, or some ivy, or whatever you want. But do something to make your life a little more green because the experts say that it is good for your health and that my friends is all that I came here to do – make your life a little more healthy one single dead leaf at a time. No go listen to that damn song. Oh and while you turn that song on I’ve decided to give you a head start on the whole gardening game and pick out a few of my favorite planters and a $250 GOLD SHOVEL… you’re welcome.
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