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Mid-Winter Garden Break

February 6, 2010

There are two things that influence today’s post:

First, a good friend took me to see the movie, “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin (she even arranged my childcare, but that’s a different story).  It’s a cute flick with some really hilarious scenes, but the best part for me was Meryl’s kitchen garden outside her home.  My friend probably heard me gasp and said, “There’s your 40th birthday present right there.”  That means I have 5 years to accomplish this, and my apologies to The Running Man, but I’m going to need a bigger yard.

Second, as I looked out onto my current garden in this dreary and cold February day, I longed for some green color.  Happy flowers, edible fruit, that sort of thing.

Third, (I only thought it was only going to be two too), I thought you might enjoy a little warm weather garden beauty.

So we’re traveling west and south until we find temperatures and climate hospitable to such endeavors.  And from my area, we need to travel faarrrr…

In fact, all the way to Santa Barbara, California to visit Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates and the gorgeous gardens she’s created.

Photo courtesy of Grace Design Associates

These raised beds allow the best drainage for the soil.  Love the lushness of it all.

Photo courtesy of Grace Design Associates

Another raised bed perfect for all types of produce.

Photo courtesy of Grace Design Associates

Hello lettuces!  It’s just 6 months until I can grow you.

Photo courtesy of Holly Lepere Photography

These pots all hold different types of fruits and vegatables.  Perfect for when your soil is less than perfect.  My adorables would wipe this clean in no time!

Photo courtesy of Holly Lepere Photography

I love the look of this planter, all jam-packed full of life.

Okay, back to my winter weather.  It’s just four more months until I’m back in the garden…

Again, special thanks to Margie Grace of Grace Design Associates.

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  1. Whitney Trujillo

      on February 6, 2010 12:16 pm

    So fun! I would love to grow more produce, especially after my half-successful attempt at tomatoes last year!


  2. Marla

      on February 6, 2010 5:12 pm

    Gardens are so satisfying!


  3. Caryn

      on February 11, 2010 2:09 pm

    I lived in Santa Barbara for almost ten years…..these pictures remind me of how easy it is to have a beautiful garden there and how hard it is to have a garden in Boston. You can plant pretty much anything, any time and it grows. Not so much for us New Englanders!


  4. Jenny Hout

      on February 13, 2010 4:03 pm

    I feel your pain Heidi. I was just eyeing my snow covered garden bed this morning out my kitchen window. What I would give to be walking barefoot in the warm dirt picking fresh tomatoes about now!


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