I dug out the 2008 photos of my garden… how my container gardening obsession started. I fell in love with the different textures I could create in the containers. Especially with succulents. I also wanted to grow edibles, but in an attractive way.
The bags on the ground have holes running down them in which strawberries spill out of… they were still waiting to be hung. Behind them is a dwarf meyer lemon tree, which has produced exactly two lemons since I brought it home. The strawberry pot contains a variety of herbs, though the rosemary got its own container. And the large container is a recipe I swiped from Martha Stewart of New Zealand flax and persicaria. There is also a container with pink festival grass, coleus, and moneywort, which is still one of my favorite containers and has held up like a champ. There are also impatiens in the window box, though I replaced the window box in 2009 to experiment with side planting (a fail, btw).
Amusingly, I hadn’t even bought chairs for the bistro table when I took this shot. I finally bought some folding cafe chairs, and it has made for a great drinking nook ever since. The solar lantern was replaced by some scotch bottles holding taper candles.
I feel like in just two summers, my patio has grown up. I’ve learned a lot about gardening and have been inspired through my huge book collection, and the other blogs I follow, like Life On the Balcony and Sunset’s Fresh Dirt. I’ll add a blogroll to my site shortly so I can share the inspiration.