I even have a reminder set in my calendar for the last frost date, because that was when I could start putting new plants in the ground, when I lived in the house with the big yard.
I miss my yard. When we sold our house I was glad to be out from under all the worries (roof, furnace, basement), and away from the weird layout of the small square footage indoors, and all the annoyances of an old house, not very well built, and even less well remodeled over the years--with suspicious electrical and plumbing additions, cheap carpet over plywood on some of the floor, a mixture of original wood single-hung windows with 70s-era aluminum sliders, and a strange suspended ceiling. I don't miss any of those things, but I do miss my yard, with all the plants I planted over the 20 years I lived there. I miss my rosemary shrub as big as a couch, the pink and yellow nasturtiums and day lilies in the front. I miss the honeysuckle and jasmine against the back fence, the big Norway Maple we planted that grew so fast to shade the patio, and my herb garden next to the driveway (for the heat) with 5 kinds of mint, 3 kinds of thyme, oregano, and empty spots for the different basil varieties I'd pick, plant, and harvest each year. I miss the golden raspberry vines I planted then sold the house before they fruited.
I miss working outside for an hour or so on the cool, quiet weekend mornings, and pulling the weeds within reach as I walked back into the house at the end of the work day. I miss working hard for hours with a friend to clear overgrown areas and then sitting with her daydreaming about what to plant next. I miss going to my favorite gardening shop, and to the farmer's market to buy interesting plants. And I miss having the shared interest to discuss in conversations with co-workers and friends.
I've discovered that having space to grow things is important to me. Someday I'll move again, and gardening space will be on the list of things I look for in my next home. For now, I have 16 houseplants in my space at work. That will have to do.
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