Monday, May 4, 2009

Tiny Treasure

For those of us that lament not having enough property to garden on I just had to show you this tiny jewel of a garden. This house sits at the end of the parking lot of our post office. This is what you see as you pull out of the parking lot. It is the tiniest little garden that you can imagine. As you can see the asphalt goes right up to the sidewalk that the occupant enters their apartment. The hell strip, if you will, has been turned into the most inviting, amazing garden. I have enjoyed it for the past couple of years always thinking I would take photos to share and hopefully meet the gardener. Well, I finally gave up on meeting the gardener and took a few photos today. The clematis is about to climb the little trellis and is blooming. All is filling out.
Even the stairs and small landing has much to offer.
I would love to meet the creative mind that has taken such a small space and created such an intriguing garden. Now if you fail to find a spot for your latest purchase just think of this poor gardener that has certainly made a pleasing garden from very little space. You simply can't feel sorry for yourself. I'm talking to myself here I guess.
If I have merely wetted your appetite for a garden tour you can pop over to Creating Our Eden to get some "Dirt Therapy". I can promise you won't be disappointed.

36 comments:

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Amazing! You're right; no one can complain after looking at that creative little gem.

beckie said...

Lisa, this is an amazing space. Evidently this gardener has a wonderful talent.

I loved your daffodil post! I wouldn't call the one ugly-just different. I think the white one with the big white bell is my favorite, although each is stuning, Thanks for sharing them and giving me ideas for this fall.

Shady Gardener said...

There's never a space too small for a green thumb! :-) That is very inspiring. Thanks!

Carol said...

"Bloom where you're planted" certainly applies to this gardener!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

How cute is that little garden.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....I have always said you do not need lots of space to create something beautiful.....
that is indeed a lovely space, and someone obviously has a love of plants.......if only everyone would have the same creativity, the world be full of greenery and blooms........whoever he/she is, well done.....

Marvin said...

Thanks for sharing this creative little oasis.

I'm glad we have lots of space, but sometimes think we'd be better off with less. We'd be better able to focus and get all the needed work done.

Jayne said...

That is such a clever use of space, and how wonderful that the person has taken lemons and made sweet lemonade.

Jamie and Randy said...

Now that's definitely taking advantage of the available space! They did a great job!--Randy

Deb said...

What a lovely little gem of a garden! Often the smallest spots like this are the prettiest.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Such a good point... and I love how "big" and "generous" it all looks! The march of terracotta pots up the stairs really ties it ll together. Cute. :)

Gail said...

That is a wonderful sight..this gardener knows how to use every available bit of space...even climbing the walls! Thanks for posting this...I can't wait to show my sisters...gail

Cicero Sings said...

This person definitely has a green thumb and an eye for creating the beautiful.

Rose said...

Lisa, this just goes to show that you don't need a huge expanse of ground to have a garden. This gardener has no doubt put a smile on the faces of many a passer-by.

studio lolo said...

That's a great example of feeling blessed with the smallest things...or blooming where you're planted! I'd love to see it as summer approaches and things are lush, full and overflowing. Please bring it back again!
You'd be so blown away at one of my friend's little spaces. She rents a guest house and her garden is more full than the local nursery. It's stunning...mindblowing.

I've let my yard go this year because we're moving :(
I'll just have to make a pretty garden where I go!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Isn't it wonderful. This person is obviously a born gardener who, for some reason, finds herself without any ground. Thanks for showing us this little garden.

Oh, BTW, a new daffodil opened yesterday and I think it's the same as your 'ugly' one;)
Marnie

Commonweeder said...

That is a fabulous and inspiring garden. The gardener must be a wonderful person with immense generosity to do so much to make her space beautiful when it can be shared with the public coming to us the PO.

Phillip said...

I love seeing those tiny gardens. This is one of the smallest I've seen - how clever!

SandyCarlson said...

They know how to do it! I love urban gardens. We need, and will have, our green.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I love tiny garden spaces. So creative and much needed green space!

Q said...

I love this garden and the gardener! I can tell this person loves plants!
Bless them.
Sherry

albertaphotography said...

Bravo to those folks and their little garden paradise! HOw wonderful it must make them feel!

Naturegirl said...

A very creative use of such a small space I would agree perhaps a fairy gardener lives there...certainly one with a green thumb!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Oh! That was so lovely. Thank you. I needed that.

Now, come over to my blog and try to win a rain chain. O.K.?~~Dee

Frances said...

Hi Lisa, that is a very ingenious gardener. It looks like there are even plants growing in the concrete seam with the building. Yes, we should never complain about a lack of planting area. So glad you got a closer look too. Maybe someday you can meet the gardener. :-)
Frances

Layanee said...

I'll bet garden cleanup is a snap! Beautiful garden and so neat and tidy. I agree, your daffodils are a delight.

Kylee said...

Wow, Lisa. That's amazing! I hope you do get to meet the gardener sometime!

yoon see said...

Wow! I can't believe my eye, it's certainly smart planner and executor in gardening.
This gardener really put in all the effort. Small ideas big return!
Such beauty and comfort!

Annie in Austin said...

It's all so exquisitely neat, too - variety without mess is hard in small spaces. So many are herbs: lavender, rosemary, rue, sage, lavender, tansy, feverfew ... think this is also a useful garden, isn't it Lisa?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Barbara said...

The owner of this tiny garden probably loves plants and flowers as much as we do with our "normal" sized gardens. Perhaps he/she is just a little more creative than we are, as he/she wants to make out the most of the place.

Chandramouli S said...

I feel ashamed after seeing this wonderful tiny garden! What creativity, Lisa! The person truly is amazing!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

So true, Lisa. It's not how much you have, but what you do with it. What a lovely little oasis they have created, and I bet inside is like a greenhouse! Thanks for sharing.

yoon see said...

Happy Sunday dear Lisa:)

EAL said...

Very nice. Containers make a lot of sense in a tight urban space like that.

Mary said...

Lisa, thank you for sharing this... Sometimes I drive by and a certain home catches my eye and I wonder about the owner and what makes them happy. This reminds me of an elderly couple who plant a fairly large sunflower garden every spring and during the drought and water restrictions, it dried up and died before the end of June for the past two years. I have wanted to stop and visit with them. Maybe this will be the year as we have had and are getting lots of rain!

The owner of that garden you share here has a good heart and creative mind, just like you. I hope one day you are able to meet...

Hugs,
Mary

cyndy said...

...quality not quantity ...comes to mind!