Greetings my friends,
today marks the 4th Blogiversary of Bay Area Tendrils ...
It's a celebratory day, yet one that is bittersweet as I'm preparing to say farewell to my garden.
Perhaps the dearth of posts has hinted at a major life change on the horizon.
And so, for the second time I am parting from a garden I've nurtured from the ground up, having worked for nearly 15 years to create a sanctuary space from scratch in Northern California. The Bay Area Tendrils archives tell the tale of my move from Chicago, where I left behind a beloved small-space town garden.
The Midwestern winters had taken their toll after decades of shoveling snow, together with the endless challenges of icy winters and a flat-roof building. The temperate climate of California held the promise of a kinder environment: Year-round gardening with a breathtaking palette of plant material.
In the past I've posted photos to illustrate the transition: The process of designing an outdoor room for relaxation, to share meals, and bask in the company of birds, bees and butterflies. But first, I would spend the better part of two years extricating brambles and shoveling out loads of rubble in preparation for planting. Digging deep, then mounding up a series of beds and borders filled with compost and fresh soil amendment. All toted back and forth, bag-by-bag in my Honda hatchback, along with pavers and plants to transform the blank slate into my own lush botanical wonderland.
When I leave here I'll take a small selection of container plants:
Indispensable herbs like rosemary and lavender;
Cupheas to invite hummingbirds to my new balcony;
Succulent beauties like Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf' & 'Sunburst.'
"The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. The more one gardens, the more one learns; And the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows." ~ Vita Sackville-West