When we bought our home there was nothing but over grown dwarf Alberta Spruce. Now picket fencing, no arch, no lamppost, now spirea, no hydrangea, no peonies, no purple coneflowers (echinacea) and no black eyed susans. No roses. Nothing but hard, compacted soil...no red sunset maple trees, or Cleveland pear tree.
No mums, no daisy's, no feverfew...
It has been a joy to build this garden. I love it. We cut flowers all summer, and into the fall. My children have learned to weed, plant, water, watch the plants grow. They love to bring me flowers from the garden.
When we moved here, I mourned the loss of my porch at my old house. When we bought that house it had wrought iron posts holding up the porch roof. By the time we sold that house, it had white wooden posts and railings. It was darling. The kids and I sat out there daily.
Finally, I came to accept that I had no porch and I set about making a cottage garden out front. It really suits the house. People love to walk up the front door through this garden.
Now, I am going to have a front porch again!
The design that our contractor came up with incorporates a front porch. I can hardly believe it! It is going to be so fun to sit out there and enjoy my beautiful trees and watch the kids ride bikes...
My garden is going to go away. I don't know just how I will have a garden in front of the porch, or if I will move all these treasures to the other section of the front of the house. Where will I use the picket fence? There are many things to decide.
I love this kind of thing. But I am going to miss my special garden, but I have learned in my many years of marriage to make a home where ever we live, and to go along with the changes that come over time. Our home is going to be better than ever and will really suit the needs that our family has or is going to have in the years to come.