The brick planter off the patio in the backyard was barely visible when we purchased the property. It started life as a mass of packed clay subsoil, you know the kind, gooey when wet and hard as a rock when dry. A thick layer of pinestraw hide it from sight. Since the pine trees came down in 2010 the bed has undergone numerous incarnations. All temporary, all focused on improving the soil.
The oregano that fills a corner of the planter was purchased in a 4 inch pot three years ago. It has spread to fill a 1.5 x 2 foot area despite being ignored. I’d say it has settled in nicely. It’s been here for the last 3 years and I’m sure it will continue to be for many more. This despite my original intention of the planter being a temporary home.
Did you see the strawberry leaf in the corner? I had a few strawberry plants without a home so I decided to (yes I did) plant them here.
This spring we decided to turn the planter into a perennial bed. The plants we selected were spaced based on how big they would become three years from now. The bed looked empty. There was plenty of room for the strawberries.
The bed is in transition and I think it will provide a good temporary home. My intent is for it to be temporary, but I’ve learned that temporary can be a very, very long time. The edge of this bed may end up being framed in strawberries. Would that be so bad?
“We are all temporary visitors on earth, and we owe it to ourselves to never let any negative condition distract us from the beauty of life.”