I love living in the city. I'm allergic to grass - legit. Not even joking there. If it touches my skin, I am a very unhappy camper so city gardening totally suits me. What I find absolutely ironic is that I am completely drawn to modern landscapes when it comes to design. I cringe mostly when I see it in interiors. I find it so dull and void of character and personality but in a garden I'm a big ol' HELL YA! I don't know why that is. Don't get me wrong, I still love traditional and formal gardens but give me slate pavers and sculptural shrubbery any day.
We have been needing a retaining wall put in in our front yard for um... forever. There are issues with our neighbours being on board as both yards have to be done together. I'm not taking no for an answer this is the year. I'm making it happen. Once this is in, we will be able to level the dirt pile that is our front yard. Then we want to make it into a french inspired courtyard. Torn between pouring pea gravel on it all (this SEEMS like the easier of routes but I am pretty certain I'm over-simplyfing in a fit of wishful thinking on this one) or doing a mix and match with pavers and gravel. I even have fantasies about lining the spaces between the pavers with fake grass.
I'd like to put Topiaries in pots and then intersperse them with boxwood that has been potted though again, I have a fantasy about creating a border around 3 sides of the yard in boxwood. The biggest issue with planting in the ground is the gigantic maple tree in our neighbour's front yard that is precariously close to ours when you look at the overhang. We often have to call the city to come and trim it back as it interferes with hydro lines. That is the one good thing about having lines strewn from the street to the back of your house - free pruning service!! Especially when your neighbours do zilcho to maintain their yards front and back. Le Sigh. It's not an uncommon happening to find me hopping their fence in the back yard to CUT DOWN A NEW TREE that has decided to grow between our two houses. I can't lie down between the two houses we are that close so you can imagine the idea of trees growing between them terrifies me.
I am not a gardener but I am very good at telling you what I like. Sadly what I tend to love doesn't always thrive in the conditions that our location suits. Love huge grasses which I think are great in the sun? I also love hyrdrangea. The big tree really doesn't allow for anything to grow in our yard thanks to the zillions of roots that are in our yard. SO frustrating.
I always get the bug to transform our exterior this time of year. I'm HOPING that this is the year that I do it. I am about to order shutters for our exterior, our front porch needs painting and I need to install a Dash and Albert runner out there for the summer. I need to paint my urns black this year. They were cream, now they are rusted (cast iron) but I've decide they will be black this year. I usually put Boston ferns in them. When the retaining wall goes in, I'd like to add a wrought iron fence - I also need to add cresting to the roof of our bay window. Then I will have honoured the Victorian period properly with our house. We've got a new front door going in hopefully soon that is being made by a dear friend and talented craftsman.
It's probably asking too much to rip up the front walk which is also pavers and have it replaced by reclaimed brick laid in a herringbone pattern too right? Oh and I lovely wooden arch at the entrance? Crazy talk right???
If you want to follow along as I am inspired to make this happen - check this out HERE.