A new garden begins

May 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm 2 comments

It’s been a very busy month of moving cities. People keep asking, “are you starting to settle in?” and finally I feel that the answer is yes. The ability to plant a little container garden on our new patio has done wonders in that regard.

My parents came to visit last week and as a housewarming gift they drove me out to GardenWorks in Burnaby (heaven!), spent an hour traipsing around as I loaded the cart with plants and seeds and dirt and then graciously paid the bill at the checkout counter. What a wonderful gift!

Since then I’ve been transplanting flowers, tomatoes, herbs and perennials into pots, poking and scattering seeds into bare spots around the plants and puttering around each day with a watering can and an eye out for new growth. The first seedlings are visible and I know it is only a few short weeks until we’ll have fresh salad greens and chard to enjoy. I thought I would miss my old garden a lot more, but it turns out that the joy of creating something new seems to cancel out those feelings. It’s a nice surprise.

Also, the weather here in Vancouver has been sublime, especially the past few days. It’s 10 or 11C when we wake up and edging up to 18 or 20C in the afternoons. Grass is green, beautiful red and pink rhodos are blooming everywhere, birds are chirping and people are gleefully playing on the beach. It’s positively summer like, and a deep contrast to the spring snowstorms and brown grass I experienced a couple of weeks ago in Calgary. So yes, I am starting to feel settled and settled is feeling wonderful.


Entry filed under: Container gardening, Eco, Gardening, Home, Kitchen garden, Life, Local food, Making.

Tomato and tarragon soup Rhubarb ginger muffins

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Garden Ms. S  |  May 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Ah, the first bit of gardening at a new home – how fun!

  • 2. Other people’s gardens « Nest and Sparkle  |  June 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    […] to Vancouver, downsizing from yard gardening has increased my interest in planted spaces outside my wee concrete plot. Perhaps it’s also because great gardening is much easier in this temperate climate than it […]

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