One of the things that I am most looking forward to in my return to Pawtucket is that I will have the chance to make a new garden there. I have made gardens in the last three houses that I have lived in and they have taken both my energy and cash. And it is wrenching to leave the trees and plants, gates and arbors and trellises that I have assembled and tended carefully. I delight in watching the bulbs emerge that I plant each Autumn. I did not know that I would be moving to Pawtucket and yet in some way it has been looming there like a big boulder over my head that I did not look up to see.
Now I see a new garden as one of the big positives of returning there. The yard is not large, but it is ample for my purposes. Right now the tiny house is looking a bit overwhelmed by evergreens that were planted over 40 years ago as foundation plantings and now seem to dwarf the house. They have been trimmed but not fully contained and their trunks are thick like trees. So I want to take many of them out and replace them with smaller and more colorful shrubs and flowers.
My head is filled with thoughts of hydrangeas and day lilies. Color schemes are in my mind and I am poring more than usually over the catalogue form Wayside Gardens--for ideas.
I hope to have the large shrubs removed in the next ten days and begin to plant some small bushes and maybe two small flowering trees in the front yard. Then I will begin to place some bulbs--they are the hope for next Spring. I am also thinking about where and how to place bird feeders so that I can enjoy them from the kitchen window.