Cultivated Postage Stamps

garden girl
Trying to tame nature and be close to it is an innate part of our makeup, originating from a basic necessity to grow food.cottage-garden-x garden plot for Sunset photo by Thomas J. Story
Thomas Story
You don't have to have 50 acres or large plots of dirt to experience the simple pleasures of taming the wild. Our California beach house had a tiny spot of a lawn.  All we ever used was an ancient push mower with rusty blades. I miss that old thing.
Sara One Day
Some of the most intimate and personal gardens I have enjoyed are little more than cultivated postage stamps.
Jane Rose
You don't have to have a place in the country to enjoy the peace and tranquility of an outdoor room.
side entrance by poppins
When I visited with garden designer Jon Carloftis down at his family's place this summer he told me this... "In my mind, the most important place in a garden is right outside your door.
The front steps, the roof, the back patio, wherever it may be; it's the first and last thing you see and the closest at hand." J.C.
Making the most of even the tiniest roof space
My belief is that gardening really has no beginning and no end.  It's what's blooming at my elbow that always makes me smile.
Happy gardening friends.


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Oh so so true...Love the images...but the thoughts more. Now I have some plants at my door to tend to!

Juju at Tales of said...

The rock/stone border is brilliant!

Karena said...


You are so right... I am in a condominium and love to make wonderful space of my entry and deck!

Art by Karena

The Consummate Hostess said...

What a charming post filled with such wisdom, Lisa. I have found myself lately quite impressed with lush and lovely containers- it provides such an unique opportunity demanding creativity!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

This was a beautiful post (as always) lovely Lisa! I find JC's words perfect. Such a grand way to view our garden/home & being so true.

I just happen to have one of those old push mowers, rusty blades too. When we first moved to Houston 3.5 years ago, the neighbor came over from two doors down just to tell me that I wasn't from around here was I pushing that in the high humidity and hot temps of Houston. I'm sure I was pretty laughed at. In CA, NV & WA that's all we ever used. Wishing you & your family a beautiful fall weekend Lisa. It's a gorgeous day here with zero humidity. To good to be true. It's pool or dog walking time!
With love,

LPC said...

Oh thank you for the beautiful post.

Francine Gardner said...

Beautiful photos...I am a gardening addict to the point that my husband installed outdoor lights since the days are too short.
To day we were having a lunch, an i kept escaping to check on my helper who was planting a new bed. After so many years of planting, i was running out of space until that terrible storm in April which took down 2 huge trees...I saw an opportunity for yet another gardening project. My first garden was a tiny balcony completely hidden from the street by hanging fushia. I do agree , you can create you garden anywhere, it could be just simple fresh cut flowers...

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

Beautiful post Lisa. I agree - size doesn't matter one little bit - something small and beautifully loved is better than a large neglected garden of lost dreams. And isn't it great that all over the world, we are all wanting to grow our own edible gardens.