Mary, Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
Just before the beginning of the year I had dinner with a friend currently living and working in England and we designated 2009 The Year of Optimism.
In other quarters however I had already declared 2009 to be The Year of the Garden. We moved into our home here at the beginning of 2008. It is in a really beautiful setting but the actual garden is, well...
"Garden" is probably a bit generous. "Yard" would be better.
I just couldn't get to it last year. So I decided this year would be the year. Rather rashly (or maybe for reasons of accountability/motivation to actually do something about it) I announced far and wide that I would get working on garden this year. (And I REALLY need to do something about it now that I have mentioned it here! Not that I going to be bullied by my own blog!!)
So here is the baseline.
The yard is an "L" shape. This is the base of the "L" - with the washing line in the corner.
Then, standing halfway along the upright of the "L", looking back down to the corner where the washing line is you have the boys' trampoline.
Turn the other way and you get a wonderful paved area, which currently features, among other things, a stack of empty pots that moved with us from our last house.
I need to confess at this point that I am no gardener. We brought empty pots with us because all the plants that had once been in them were dead...and there was no point shifting dead plants to our new home! You will start to get a picture of the challenges that lay ahead.
And then for the grand finale, the empty patch, just crying out for a garden.
Now there are three major challenges for me. One is to overcome my gardening ineptitude. The second is that I will be working on a tight budget. The third and biggest challenge is that there are lots of gum trees all around the perimeter of the yard and although you can't see it, there is one just to the right of this empty patch. And I would be reasonably confident that there are certain things that will not grow under a gum tree.
So that is the baseline. This is The Year of the Garden. And it is only the end of May. I haven't even missed Spring for 2009. Where there is still Spring to come there is hope.
I'll keep you posted...and no doubt I'll be asking for some advice along the way.
Oh, by the way, the United Nations has actually designated2009 the International Year of Astronomy.