December 28, 2021

I've got a blank slate, baby…

Pond with fountain
In Coastal Virginia, gardeners enjoy 247 frost-free days. Even in late November, it feels like Autumn is just beginning.

After 15 months without a kitchen or a garden, we followed our bliss and bought a little place with this lake view. In under a half hour, we can be at our pick of beaches. 

My new garden space is right off the kitchen, so of course I need a potager. And it needs to be a pollinator garden that feeds hummingbirds, especially, since I can't put honeybees in this backyard. (We're looking for an outyard or community apiary.) With a frost-free growing season of 247 days, I want to grow just about everything.

The only limit I have is that my space is restricted to a skinny mini border garden, so I have to be pretty selective. Already mentally exhausted from buying a condo and moving again during the pandemic; sleeping on an air mattress for two weeks before our hurry-the-promo-code-is-expiring selected bed arrived; hurriedly picking a washer and dryer before the Black Friday deal ended, I'm feeling a bit daunted. Now paralyzed just by the color choices we have for painting our new home, going native with a blank slate feels like an impossible task. So as much as I relished crafting my Colorado garden, I am seriously considering taking an easy no-brainer route here in Virginia.

What do you think about Native Wildflower Nursery's grab bags? Bare-root notwithstanding, the "Wildflower Garden" (100 wildflowers comprised of 4-5 perennial varieties, $140) looks pretty ideal to me—although I actually might not have enough room even using containers on the porch. The condo association says I can only have four pots, or just two if they're 20" pots. Crazy, huh!?

SPONSORED POST: In exchange for displaying the NWN logo and link to their website, Native WIldflowers Nursery will be donating plants to the Backyard Bee Hive Blog.


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