Some weeks just don’t go quite the way I had hoped. This week was like that . . . nothing bad, or as I have frequently said over the years: “No one is doing anything wrong, they are just doing it all at the same time.” Between altering a prom dress (which actually turned out great but it took two full days in the sewing room to get it just right), graduation party plans, senior pictures, honors convo, scholarship applications, and college orientation (blah, blah, blah) AND having extra people in our home for a few weeks, I just haven’t been able to keep up with everything. So here I am, several hours late in getting this party post up. But I had so much fun working on ideas for our own little garden areas, that I couldn’t NOT post all these creative ideas for “pocket gardens.”
What’s a pocket garden? I asked myself that very same question a couple of summers ago when our little town council decided to put a “pocket garden” in a vacant lot on Main Street. I read about it in the local paper and heard about it through other community sources of information (you know, the coffee shop and the grocery story), and I was intrigued. So I listened and watched and was amazed!
In between two older buildings there was a rather narrow strip of land. That was really all there was to it. The buildings on either side were both brick, and the “land” in between was rather neglected. There were weeds along with bare patches of dirt and straggling grass (or perhaps it was just more weeds, but at least they were green), and a pile of gravel and rocks at the back. It was kind of dreary looking, but I guess I had not noticed it before the talk of a “pocket garden” started.
Over the summer, volunteers worked together to clear out the weeds and gravel, and before too long there was a brick pathway down the middle with fresh black dirt all around the sides with new grass sprouting up. Pretty bushes and small ornamental trees were put in place, some perennials were planted along the pathway, and a few containers were brought in with trailing vines and bursts of bright colorful blooms. A couple of garden benches were strategically places along the brick pathway for visitors to sit and enjoy the peaceful beauty of this tiny garden tucked away between the two old buildings on Main Street of Our Town.
Then, the following summer I noticed that a local artist had painted a mural on one of the brick walls that was so cute! It was a pretty “window” complete with white curtains right there on the side of the building. That’s when I began thinking about ways that we could create pretty pockets of beauty in our yard, too. So, I’ve been looking for ideas over the winter and now that it is finally warm enough to get outside and start our own pocket garden, I have lots of projects planned. It finally stopped raining this afternoon, so it is still pretty wet out there, but there is a warm breeze blowing so I’m hopeful that it will be dry enough soon that we can get just one corner started.
In the meantime, here are some of the creative ideas I discovered while searching (where else???) Pinterest. I can’t wait to try just one little corner! I know that it will be a lot of work, but now that I’ve seen an adorable little pocket garden just down the road from us, I know we can do it. Have you have heard of “pocket gardens”? What do you think? I’ll try to post some pictures as we go along. Wish me luck!
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