|My street garden, a City of Vancouver Green Streets initiative.|
|A lanky evening primrose waiting to take root (and then get pruned!), asters, verbena and hebe|
|A haven to honeybees, hoverflies, bumble bees and this pretty bottlefly|
|Year one: just getting established!|
|Old-fashioned favourites: petunias and alyssum|
|Tools of the trade.|
|Sonata mix cosmos - Alex may say he sowed the seeds, but I transplanted seedlings, too!|
|Lady's Mantle in the foreground, just taking root after transplantation.|
|Everyone loves the cosmos. How can you not?!|
For the poor student without a backyard of their own, the Green Streets programme allows you free creative reign with few guidelines (just height restrictions, nothing prickly or offensive, and no veggies) on your own borrowed plot of land for everyone to enjoy. Freecycle is a wonderful resource for free plants and thanks to Margarethea, a friendly and community-minded neighbour, my garden now has lady's mantle, columbine, evening primrose and hardy geranium. Now if I could just get some of the less scrupulous citizens to quit digging up and stealing my plants, I'd be ecstatic!
Contact Green Streets today to find out if there's a garden in your neck of the woods that could use a friend, or to see if a new one can be made up for you (because there's a good chance they'll help you out with that!).
Additional: "Do you have a bulge hiding somewhere?" Imagine being asked this question seemingly out of context! I nearly died laughing internally - it was a sweet elderly man who also gardens with Green Streets who I sat next to at the screening of the Green Streets documentary last month at Van Dusen. I've been dying to share that line for ages! So much potential for offense!