In the last year I've really developed a craving for horticulture. I am not sure if because a year ago I was planning a wedding and craved simplicity...something I found in sussing out wedding flowers. Something I have learned from admiring the greenery is that shrubs, flowers, trees just 'are'; they are simple and take what they need, no more no less. They just ARE.
Can you imagine if we all tried to just be our 'are'?! What would be accomplish, or better yet would be long for less and enjoy more? It's a bit mind-boggling to think of, and I think it's because our society as a whole pushes us to go-go-go as well as want-want-want. I know Chris and I are trying really hard to cut back on our wants and start enjoying our needs and no more. I think this mentally will cut the financial stress we have been feeling for a while now (something that has been the bane of my existence and to be honest, has made me so bitter it's pathetic).
Anyways, I am getting off topic! Chris and I have been fantasying about farming and living a much simpler life and in simpler I mean less TV & Internet..more dirt. We currently have this large window in our condo and with the large window comes this pathetic rock garden that was planted by the previous owner. We have never had an urge to do anything to our rock garden because we always found a different use for our time or pennies. We are fortunate enough to have amazing neighbours who have really opened our eyes to urban-gardening! A & N are both South African natives who have transplanted to North Vancouver and couldn't be cooler (for real, we are SO lucky to have them right next to us). They have really done a great job at creating their patio into this lush-shade loving oasis AND they turned this large condo wood planter into an urban garden!
We spent the whole weekend working the land, adding new soil, mixing in bonemeal and pretending to be landscape architects (maybe a new calling for both of us?!) I have to say I am extremely pleased with the outcome...our little shade garden is beautiful and very calming to me. I enjoy drinking my coffee and staring out the window now, soaking in all the different textures.
|Original rock garden that was part of the condo when we purchased it. We made due until we couldn't handle the look of it anymore.|