We’ve hit midsummer, a time in my area when the garden tends to go downhill. While there is much bounty to be had, many plants begin to suffer in the heat. Or it is just their time to go. Or we’re just too darn tired/hot/fed up/over it to keep up with garden chores.
Sometimes we need some perspective, a reminder to just let it be. Your garden is good as it is. A garden doesn’t have to be fancy or perfectly quaffed to provide pleasure, food, pretty things to look at, or respite.
Take these atypical gardens I spotted from the street while walking around my urban Toronto neighbourhood recently. Some of these aren’t even gardens in the proper sense and yet I was taken with each of them, certainly enough to get out my camera and take a photo.
If only I could withhold judgment so freely when looking at my own garden.
They grow an army of marigold pots every year. And check out the fig trees on the balcony above.
A self-sown crop of summer savoury (Satureja hortensis)that thrives in the crack in the tarmac.
How they are managing to keep such a healthy corn crop with the number of squirrels and raccoons in this neighbourhood is beyond me. Maybe they’re all congregating in my yard?
These zinnias self sow each year in the cracks in a parking lot and yet they never seem to suffer the terrible powdery mildew that plagues most carefully cultivated zinnia crops. Resilience. Determination.