Every summer I plan out my ideal garden. The small flower garden I have now is a mishmash of flowers and weeds.
Still, I love to sit on the front porch and take it all in on hospitable afternoons and evenings. Walk about the yard and practice close up flower photos. Sometimes I can even manage to capture a bee at work!
My small ramshackle garden area is to the side of the front porch. Each summer, I also spend time on the front porch and walking about the yard dreaming of the ideal gardens for each space.
The butterfly garden I’ll plant at the end of the driveway with milkweed, purple cone-flowers, and maybe some cornflowers or Lewis flax.
Sunflowers, my yard must have sunflowers! I’ve planted them before with mixed results. Sometimes, I think I’ll line the whole south side of the house with them. This year, I’ve toyed with the idea of pots of them around the front porch.
The south side of the house gets bulbs instead. The spring garden filled with irises and tulips.
We have our vegetable garden, this year: 3 tomatoes and a cucumber start in addition to the handful of green beans harvested earlier. Carrots still grow. Okra, no blooms yet, grows as well.
The backyard presents so many challenges. Lovely tall oak and maple trees mean not as much sun. I change my mind about what I want constantly. A sun room and a patio. A pool (not likely), a fire pit perhaps. All surrounded by big beautiful pots of flowers. Shade loving flowers. And of course, paths and benches.
Isn’t it fun to dream about ideal summer garden spaces? Especially, when the in reality, I’m not much of a gardener.