Another aspect of selling our house will be leaving my garden. It is neat, formal and based on an English garden of hedges and pine trees as the front. The back garden is tropical and wild, filled with palm trees and hibiscus trees with bright red flowers. We have fruit trees, a lemon, a lime and an orange tree, and a raised vegetable garden. There are three compost bins to nourish the gardens.
We carved this garden out of an abandoned clay quarry. There was no soil, just sandstone and clay, and over ten years we have created a green oasis that feeds my soul and quietens my anxieties.
It is one of our joys to sit on the back deck, surrounded by the green lushness of our garden with a cup of tea and a enjoy the sound of bird song. Priceless moments.
However, I have no plans to build such a large garden with our next house. In fact, I am planning the minimum of garden.
I think part of this change of mind set, is naturally due to the fact that I am ten years older and not as energetic as I was once. No, I am not saying I am old, I am saying that I notice a few more limitations, and if I start a large garden at this time of mid-life, will I be able to maintain it as I grow older? I have watched my parents garden wither away as they aged, and the burden that it became to them, and now to us, as time passed. I don’t want that stress.
I also think that my interests have gone in lots of new directions in recent years, and of course we have the birth of our first grandchild in a few months. A garden takes a lot of care, and maybe a little person will take control of the little spare time I have now.
Now I am not talking going cold turkey, or a scorched earth approach to landscaping, but something that is low care and drought hardy. Something that doesn’t require lots of pruning. A green perennial garden.
Minimalism in life and in the garden!