Here in Atlanta, we’re finally having a nice little taste of winter. It’s gone from 80 degrees (last week) to 38 degrees (this week). And even though I’ve lived in Atlanta for twenty-some years, I love it when it gets cold, crisp and bitingly chilly. These days, I’m having fun cozying up to the fire and daydreaming about the next project at The Nest. In other words, I’m thinking green, as in garden.
I’m sorry to say but The Nest’s landscaping has been pushed to the bottom of the list, basically ignored and Band-aided since we moved in last May. We’ve made do with the sad little bones of the garden, put down some nice dark mulch and did a good bit of weeding to tide us over but now it’s time to focus on garden plans. And, there’s nothing like a good deadline to make you pay attention. Ours in mid-May and a graduation party for our high school senior daughter. Time to sit up… and bring on the boxwoods!
Of course, being here in the South where gardening is the topic of everyday conversation, there’s plenty of fabulous inspiration to go around – even if there is a north wind howling and frost on the ground.
The Nest is pure cottage – more Nantucket than than Normandy – and I’m salivating over the thought of those boxwoods here, there and everywhere:
Even though The Nest is our downsize house, we did it a little backwards. We ended up with a small-ish house on a giant lot, so we have lots of room to work with. We’re kicking around the idea of a pool…
Or maybe not a pool. I’m sort of tickled by the idea of a gorgeous, green and lush garden that’s very tidy, prim and proper:
How about a cute little fire pit for all the college kids (and us?) It would have to have plenty of twinkling lights, comfy chairs and a spot to park a bottle of wine or two.
We also need a little infrastructure, like pretty stone steps that lead from the terrace to the lawn.
The good news is, we don’t have to pull the trigger immediately. But I better mull it over quickly because before I know it, the winter snap will be gone and spring will be saying hello!
What’s in your garden? I’d love to know…