This is the third summer in our home since the new addition/renovation. Each season we've added new elements, moved things around, replaced and replanted. This year I finally feel like we have established most of the elements I had planned for our garden. You can see the original garden plans here.
What I've discovered about gardening is that I love the creative process and the constant changing and tending. It is my never ceasing project.
During the winter months I look out the window and notice the structure of the yard, the beds and the evergreens and I think about what spring will bring and what new elements we'll add. In the spring, I'm constantly walking around the yard and looking for the new buds to make sure everything is still alive. I look for the peony shoots to sprout, the first daffodils to poke through (sometimes in January or February) and anxiously urge the cherry blossoms, as they are the first to come. In the summer, I'm watering and weeding all of the time. And mowing. All of the time. In the fall, I will be monitoring the maple trees as they change, endlessly raking those leaves and collecting privet berries. I love it all.