Lately I have been dreaming about what our next home will look like. How many bedrooms will we have, how big will our dining table be, should we upgrade from a queen bed to a king? We are definitely leaning towards building our future house through a developer. I am looking forward the newness of a house and being able to customize every little detail. But unfortunately new builds are not known for their large lot size. While I would love to have a huge backyard, that's sadly not the reality in our neck of the woods and we have decided that having a new build is more important for us than a huge lot.
That said, I have a pretty specific wishlist of things I would love to grow in my garden. Our backyard now is basically the size of a postage stamp and our pending move is deterring me from sinking a lot of effort or money into it. In our new house, I dream of having a thriving beautiful (albeit still pretty small) garden so nurture and enjoy.
Here are some things that I would love to grow:
Silver birch tree
I have loved silver birches for as long as I can remember. My grandparents used to have one in their front yard until they had to cut it down because their road was getting widened. I remember playing under it for hours at a time. I think the white bark is so beautiful and the leaves turn such beautiful shades of red and yellow in the fall. This is the biggest (in desire, size, and cost) item on my wishlist and I already told our family that I would love to make it happen via multiple Christmas/Birthday presents! This girl wants a silver birch bad.
Mountain ash tree
Another childhood favourite (you'll notice a theme here), the mountain ash seems to be everywhere in Poland. It has a ton of pretty orangey red berries in the fall and I remember playing with them, making necklaces, bracelets, and earrings when I was little. This smallish tree brings back such warm memories and I would absolutely love to have it in our own yard.
I don't know where in the world I expect to plant all these trees but a magnolia is an absolute must. It's one of the first plants to flower after a long Canadian winter and it is so striking when in bloom. Every year in the early spring, I drive around local neighbourhoods when magnolias are in bloom just to take in their beauty.
Lilacs are in bloom here as I type this and they smell so amazing! It takes every ounce of me to not cut other people's flowers off to stick in a vase at home. I want my very own lilacs to enjoy, preferably in the traditional lilac colour.
Speaking of gorgeous scents, peonies are one of the best smelling and beautiful flowers that exist! They are one of my favourites and I will always take as many peonies as possible.
I planted a climbing rose (Seven Sisters) in my backyard a few years ago (one of the only things growing back there aside from weeds) and it is my baby. This year it has really thrived and currently has dozens of buds ready to bloom any day! I go out there every day to check on it's progress and make sure it is climbing the trellis well. Climbing roses need to be trained on a trellis along a wall or fence to keep their long, heavy canes from laying on the ground. Anyway, I have really grown to love my rose and since I won't be able to take it with me, I definitely want another one!
I think that a pretty vine growing along walls of the house looks so lovely and charming. I know there are quite a few disadvantages so we will have to do some research and evaluate the decision, but I have always loved the way it looks, especially when the vine changes colours in the fall! Some of the prettiest buildings at my alma mater had pretty ivy and I would take detours to my classes just to take in the pretty sights.
My grandparents have a ton of boxwood which acts as a hedge on the perimeter of their yard. The smell of boxwood instantly transports me there and warms my heart. We have a little bush now but I would love to have a ton of it in our future house. It is perfect for shearing into shapes but my grandparents always had them flat on top so I think I would just do the same.
And finally, I would love to have a little vegetable garden! Having fresh cabbage, lettuce, beans, basil, mint, etc would be so lovely. "Oh honey, can you go to the garden to pick me some tomatoes for our salad?" Way better than running to the store. Growing vegetables intimidates me the most because it just seems the hardest to maintain. We have a lot of bunnies in our area that I am sure would love to feast whatever food we would have! I would especially love to grow currants (red and white) because (again) my grandparents have a few bushes in their garden and I often went over there for a little snack when I was little.
Obviously, most of these plants stem from happy memories from my childhood. If I could replicate my grandmother's entire garden, I definitely would. Both my babcia and my mom are so passionate about gardening and I really enjoy it too and would love to make them proud.
I would love it if you told me that I'm not alone in dreaming of (and intensely planning) a future garden!