Ted and I have agreed that we will probably always live in the city. We mostly hate having to drive more than ten minutes to get anywhere, especially work, which has been the biggest deciding factor for us whenever this conversation comes up. In the winter, it is a no brainer for me, but come summer I start to waver every time I drive out to my parent’s place past open feilds, wild flowers in ditches, and overflowing gardens on sprawling lawns. I grew up in the country and I miss the flowers and having coffee after dinner on the veranda hearing the frogs and crickets.
Did you ever see the movie The Secret Garden? How amazing would it be to come home to a garden like that after work? Or what about breakfast in a garden like that? I can’t think of a better way to start or end the day.
By Hillary Garthwaite
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Our little front garden and back deck is far from a secret garden and the squirrels keep eating everything I’ve tried to grow from seed. Despite this, I am determined to get a little slice of garden. We have a huge jump start in that we have a mature maple tree behind our little deck which gives us a beautiful canopy and makes it feel like we are at the cottage when out back. I would like to start adding some colour and flowers back there though, to make it feel a bit more like a garden so I have collecting some inspirational images of small city spaces turned beautiful garden.