As I wrote recently on GardenRant, I thought I’d never leave my current garden, which after 26 years under my sometimes haphazard direction is looking pretty much done. But for reasons I explained in that Rant post and in Susan Reimer’s column in the Baltimore Sun, I’ve decided to move. And news flash – I’ve bought my next house! It’s a co-op townhouse in historic Greenbelt, MD, one that’s just the right size for me, with right-size front and back yards, too.
I won’t be moving right away – gotta sell my current home first, and have some work done in the new place (total re-do of the kitchen and bath). But come late winter or early spring, I’ll be doing total make-overs of these gardens, starting with ripping out the lawn in the photos above. I’ll add seating to the front yard, too, because it’s a quiet spot that overlooks not a street but a small parking area shared by 10 homes that comprise our “court”.
In the back, photos above and below, I’ll add a screened-in porch across the entire house before I start planning the garden. There’s one fabulous plant here that I’ll be keeping – a large Japanese maple – but otherwise, it’s pretty much a blank slate. (Goody!)
But there’s more – a large, flat grassy open area that’s shared by the 12 homeowners – perfect for badminton! Don’t laugh – that and swimming competitively were the primary sports of my youth, though in the case of badminton it was all fun, no pressure, and the perfect after-dinner pastime with the family. The open area is also prime for some new shrubs around its perimeter – which I’ve already brainstormed about with my new next-door neighbor – a gardening Englishwoman. Perfect.Tweet