A Garden’s Legacy

Fridy, November 25, 2011

Creating a garden is a lifelong project. As I clean up my garden in the fall, I reflect on how it has changed and evolved over the years. When I first began digging up the sod, my children were riding tricycles up and down the driveway. Now a long curving garden runs the length of the driveway and, under the front bay window, the garden has widened and stretched so that there is very little grass to mow anymore.

The woods behind the house have lost tall trees and mountain laurel but gained wildflowers, ferns, and small flowering trees. The back yard's stone patio, pond and splashing waterfall reside where a concrete slab once stood. As I clean leaves out of the pond and cut back dead stalks of the butterfly weed, I wonder — How will the garden be transformed by a future owner?

The new owners next door have transformed their plain front lawn into a flourishing garden of raised beds filled with raspberries, blueberries and overflowing with vegetables. Perhaps, sometime in the future, another owner of my little plot will love grass more than gardens and plant lots and lots of grass. Until then, I will savor my nandina's bright red berries, tuck in my spring bulbs, and await spring's return.

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A Garden’s Legacy