A Garden Glance

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Walking down the street, this glimpse,behind the large lock, is the hint of what lies down that sidewalk. unnamed (12)   The right side is part of my garden where hosta and ferns grow with abandon.  We live in a hundred year old Catholic school which was converted to apartments in the 80s.  The house to the left of the sidewalk is the former rectory. The gate stays locked  in a historic, downtown neighborhood of a small city, because  of  the challenges faced by most  urban areas.

We sold our late Victorian house eight years ago and husband moved into an interesting apartment in this building when I was teaching in Arizona. He called it his “vertical apartment” because the series of rooms were built into the interior fire stairs.  When I returned, I wanted a garden, and not to have to walk up and down stairs to and from every room. Fortunately our new apartment was available and this is the garden we had designed and created last fall.   unnamed (8) unnamed (9) This is the partially covered window into my computer area which was a closet with a window.  I loved the ivy vines that covered the walls, but it is slow to return this spring, I assume due to the  killer winter we had in this area. You can see the block work we had done,too.    Four stories of brick,old windows and creeping ivy. . . . . unnamed (25)

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unnamed (21) I learned to use pots of color during our stays in Rome.  There, balcony gardens were the only available choice. Usually they were along the rail in  various pots with the tall green ficus trees in the back.  I could only use colorful coleus leaves and impatients for color but it works nicely.  When I had the much larger garden, I would ignore directions for planting , and just buy  what I wanted, thinking, “They will get enough sun!”  But with experience come knowledge and I know the plants won’t grow well unless they feel comfortable in the surroundings.  I knew from the start of this garden that it was a  secret shade garden tucked in between two tall buildings.  As a child, I love the book Secret Garden. . and now I have one ! unnamed (19) We have a fire pit in the background, and the ugly trash bag is to keep out the rain water.  I used hanging Boston Ferns all around the wrap front porch at 30 Myrtle,  so I had to have at least one fern as they love the shade!

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I do have one pot of fushia, which is a shade pot but not nearly up to full bloom as yet!


Just outside the sliding door and you can see the paving pattern.

Thanks for the visit!

Do you have a garden?  Shade or sun?  Do you visit gardens when you travel?

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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24 Responses to A Garden Glance

  1. I loved the Secret Garden too, I read it so many times 🙂


  2. lauramacky says:

    Have you heard the music by Secret Garden? I love it! Beautiful vines and a cozy feeling here.


  3. What a beautiful garden 😀
    Thanks for your visit and following. You also got a new follower, you blog looks very interesting.


  4. YellowCable says:

    You have a very lovely secret garden there!


  5. surbhisarna says:

    I am a nature lover and always thirst for looking at trees, plants, anything green. You have a beautiful garden! The pics are so soothing to the eyes 🙂


    • annetbell says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. I , too, love nature and especially flowers. It was interesting that in India, gardens are the exception and not the rule. I am not sure why, but maybe it is just that there are so many people and everyone is working, working to survive and there isn’t much time to sit or walk and enjoy the natural world. Thanks for the comment.


      • surbhisarna says:

        Yes your observation about gardens is sad but very true, though some cities are the exception to this, for eg Chandigarh in north India is very green and lots of landscaped roadside gardens and parks. Even the homes have gardens generally. I always lament the lack of greenery and nobody is even planning to have greener cities. There are two main reason
        1. As you rightly said that most people in India just struggle for a roof over their head and two square meals. Gardens, parks and trees – these are all luxuries!
        2. It is ironical that the rustic lifestyle was holistic, natural and green, but nowadays all the bad western habits are being lapped up by Indians and the result is that Indians are falling prey to a host of lifestyle diseases at ages as young as 25.


      • annetbell says:

        Oh, that makes me sad! The Indian lifestyle and culture is so wonderful,it should be cherished. I am so sorry to hear about diseases caused by emulating westerners. I hope that will stop. . . . . .


  6. prior says:

    loved this – and enjoyed hearing your experience with gardening – and it seems that so many things from gardening can apply to people – like when you write this “the plants won’t grow well unless they feel comfortable in the surroundings…”
    we are kinda that way too, eh?

    anyhow, great photos too! have a nice day! ❤


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