That said, I have enjoyed so much about our lovely condo and the joy it is to hear someone else outside plowing snow in the winter morning, and mowing the lawns this spring. And, because of the particular design of this condominium, I also get to putter in a few square feet of dirt, and from much of the house look out at the fruits of that puttering. We have spent much of our few free weekends of this nearly spring, designing and redesigning (one poor bleeding heart has moved 4 times!) our beds, getting an umbrella to moderate the west sun, and generally planning for friends and family to enjoy this little heavenly patch.
Thank you to the architects in the 60s who designed wide eaves for winter sun and summer shade, used brick for very low maintenance, and centered these homes around a patio! (I would paint the brick to update this look - taupe-y green brick with white trim and the grey roof tiles? And the door - really? ) but I am a lone voice in that plea.
After watching the sun for days to see where it hits and how it's moving in the sky, we planted herbs, shade lovers, a few annual sun babies, two sweet trees and anything we think might love this spot. I planted a couple flats of pansies last fall and they are in full glory - almost ready to go bye bye in fact. A few plants from my Kaysville garden have made their way here via my son Christopher, who took cuttings from my garden, and now I have taken from his. Heritage flowers, so to speak. This door goes into the hall/kitchen
Hostas from my old garden, stones from my parents' St. George house and Greg's parents' Denver home fit nicely with the pansies. Don't you love the little viola faces?
I can't quite get lavender to grow in the beds, but these two in pots planted last year are very happy. The flue tiles were from my herb garden up north. This door leads to the living room.
In fact, here is the living room!
And how is this for a view from the computer? From my desk - in my chair in our office, I open the french door and this is exactly my view! Well, I see more what with the peripheral vision and all. I feel very lucky to have found places to live in my life where I can see, plant and enjoy all this loveliness nature has to offer.