A Friends Garden

Inspiration is all around us.  Sometimes, it’s not where you would expect it to be.  In the wake of the urban garden revolution, I have a friend who was urban gardening before urban gardening was cool. On a small shaft of land in the heart of town, there is a sweet little garden that we like to visit!  A friend’s garden.

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Even if you only can measure your land in feet instead of acres, a bit of food self-sufficiency can be attainable.  By adding small fruits along with vegetables and herbs, an immense amount of food can be produced.  Our friends garden has achieved this, making big things happen in a not so big space!

Clematis pushing through the weathered fencing.
Clematis pushing through the weathered fencing.

As you walk through the garden gate, the arbor is draped by a clematis coated in tiny purple blooms.  Rosy pink hydrangeas guard each side of the gate.

Pink hydrangeas grace the entrance of the garden.
Pink hydrangeas grace the entrance of the garden.

Portulaca are flowering on each side of the walkway.  Blooming in all shades of fuschia, orange and red.  Spilling out of the beds in all of their succulent beauty.

Portulaca from the walkway.
Portulaca from the walkway.

Potatoes don’t have to just be grown in the ground. Two different methods of growing are at work here.  A home built potato tower and a planter made from fabric and wire fencing.  Think of going vertical instead of directly in the ground.  These methods can save a ton of space and work.

Tomatoes and zucchini are scattered through the garden area.  A happy mix of veggies and herbs.  Bean trellis’ are attached to the out buildings for strong supports.

A lot packed into a small space.
A lot packed into a small space.

The garden water feature adds sound to the air. Splashing and bubbles make the garden come alive!  The sheds are all fitted with gutters that either flow into the rain barrels or the ‘pond’.  Need some water?  Just go to the hand pump!

The water feature.
The water feature.

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On the east side of the property, along the fence, red and golden raspberries arch out into the walkway.  I had never tried the golden ones before and they are delicious!  More of a honey flavor than the red raspberries.  They are actually overtaking the red.  At the end of the bed, huge blackberries are still pluming in the sun.  Nearby, high bush blueberry bushes are turning their fall red color.

Just falling off the vines!
Just falling off the vines!

This visit has inspired us to clear an area for some of these on our own property.  I’ll have to find out what variety they are.

The plump golden raspberries!
The plump golden raspberries!

Many of the flowering herbs attract bees and pollinators of all kinds. Mint, allium, dill, sage, lavender and thyme.  All pouring out of the raised herb beds just ready for the picking.

Bees are everywhere!
Bees are everywhere!

Several mason bee houses are in the center of the raspberry patch.  As we watched, wild bees came in and out of the small holes in the houses.  This is a simple way to get more pollinators in your garden.

Attract native bees to your garden for extra pollination.
Attract native bees to your garden for extra pollination.
The bees have been busy!
The bees have been busy!
A mason bee house nestled in the raspberry patch.
A mason bee house nestled in the raspberry patch.

Along the back fence, huge bunches of yellow day lilies stand in front of his buoy collection.  These lobster trap buoys were scavenged over the years from the nearby sea shore.  A trademark of the Maine coast.

A nice place to sit!
A nice place to sit!

You just can’t help but feel like taking a seat in this small but abundant garden.  So much peace can be found by a short rest in this garden space.

Grapes hanging from the fence.
Grapes hanging from the fence.

In addition to the berries, the grape arbor is overflowing with grape clusters.

Chinese lanterns!
Chinese lanterns!

In the back corner, Chinese lanterns have put on their paper flowers.  This seems to be a sure sign of fall in the air.   Several beds are dedicated to strawberries.  In berry season, our friends can just go out in the morning to get berries for breakfast.  Just a quick stroll out the front door.

We love visiting this garden!
We love visiting this garden!

We adore our friends garden!  A little patch of farmland where you wouldn’t expect it.  We come to enjoy a few berries and get a little inspiration for our own garden.

Thanks for going on this garden tour with me.  If you like posts from my Reflections & Ramblings category, you might enjoy Beauty In Forgotten Places.  This week I was able to harvest a full bowl of greens from the fall garden.  It’s worth it to do this late planting after all.  As we gear up for fall, I will be discussing season extension and planting garlic.  See you next week!

Hilary|Everlongardener