Saturday Farmer’s Market – Dreaming of Future Gardens
Last weekend, I went to visit my mom, step-dad and sister and while the weather wasn’t perfect, it was nice to spend time outside. They’re redoing their backyard and one of their goals is to have more potted plants, so it wasn’t hard to convince them that we needed to take a trip to the local nursery. While I was there, I couldn’t help but think… if only I had a yard! I don’t have a yard, I have a balcony and it’s a balcony filled with green, living, thriving plants right now. It makes me so happy! But it is tiny and pretty much filled. We are going to put a few more hanging planters around the balcony for flowers, but other than that we are at capacity. So I can’t help but imagine a huge yard full of plants. So I’m keeping a list of ideas for what I want in my future garden and the trip to the nursery really helped.
I love this overflowing wall planter. These cost quite a pretty penny at $200, but I’d like to learn how to make something like this on my own. I’d love to give variety and height to a patio or deck in my yard. (And not have to go too far to get herbs!)
On that same note:
Something that isn’t really a possibility right now are roses and a lot of different flowers that I’d love to grow. I’ve never really thought I cared much about flowers, but the reality was that I just didn’t care about flowers that aren’t planted in the ground. I love nurturing flowers and seeing them bloom. I’d love to have some of the different flowers, especially roses, that I saw at the nursery. I wish I’d written down all their names!
I would like all of these in my future garden, please. A few other plants I definitely want, but that I don’t have pictures of: hydrangeas, lilies, lots of succulents, a Japanese maple, and the American pillar rose, which might be my new favorite thing.
Speaking of succulents, this is what I made my mom for Mother’s Day:
She really liked the planter I made for myself, so I thought it might be neat to make one for her. I’m very new at this whole succulent thing, so I’m worried they don’t have enough room and that they’re going to crowd each other, but my mom really liked it and that’s all that matters. I just hope it stays looking lovely! She put it on a hanging plant stand that she moves around depending on where she’s sitting outside. That made me so happy!
I also adopted one more succulent for my ever-growing collection:
I’m still not positive what I’m going to do with him, but I do think he’s so cool! There haven’t been a lot of changes on my balcony since Tuesday, except the chard is growing like a weed. It’s actually very cold outside today, so I hope the tomatoes and other plants are okay with it. It’s not going to get below freezing, but it’s still pretty chilly at 54 degrees on Memorial Day weekend. Yikes.
My BIG garden news is that we harvested and ate the first thing we grew! Cress, from the Johnny’s herb disks. We made eggs benedict with cress and it was so good! I’ve never had cress and there aren’t a lot of recipes that call for it. It’s not the leafy, spinach-like water cress. This is more like a small leaf arugula. It tastes like arugula too, but with a little bit more bite. We have another pot going, so we might be able to have some more this week.
Tomorrow, when it’s a bit warmer and sunny and not super windy, I’m going to actually put the flowers we bought in a planter, so I’ll have those to show to you next week.
What’s going on in your garden? What did you buy at the farmer’s market? What’s going on at your local nursery? Participate in Saturday Farmer’s Market over at Chris’s blog! Seriously, I want to see your garden pictures.