For twenty-two years this was my place in the world.
Then came life as a military spouse.
Until, quite suddenly (in retrospect, that’s how it felt!), after 27 moves in 35 years, and after no sense of true belonging or sense of physical permanence anywhere, that part of my life came to an end when my husband retired in 2015.
Two moves and three years later we’re settled with no immediate plans to move and nothing speaks to me more than planting a perennial garden at the address we now call home. Up until now I’ve always been a container garden person….seldom having two growing seasons in a row to experiment with what worked.
For all of my adult life I’ve moved frequently so my gardening has been done in containers and pots. I’ve seldom witnessed planting perennials in the ground and seeing them emerge from the dirt and flower in subsequent years. I’ve enjoyed the bulbs and seeds that others have planted in the yards of houses I’ve lived in and the bulbs and seeds I’ve planted over the years are hopefully still flowering long after I’ve gone for the pleasure of others but I’ve not had the opportunity to plan and nurture garden beds over a length of time.
For the past several years I’ve not even planted in pots due to a move two summers ago and putting our home on the market last year.
However, this year is different….this year I’m settling into a home that I plan to be in for a while.
This year I got my hands into the dirt and came away with the earth under my fingernails.
Being a military spouse has given me some challenges in the plant growing department. I seldom live in a climate two years in a row to figure out what works but for this assignment we’ve stayed put for three growing seasons and I’m starting to discover what thrives here and what will make it through the long, hot summer.
There is definitely something to be said in support of heat and humidity in Louisiana. So far my plants are loving this summer’s conditions! Thought I’d bring you a quick visual tour of my attempts with gardening here at the Brant House on Barksdale Air Force Base. I need to do a little bit of replanting and filling in where things have failed but all in all it’s been a successful growing season so far. If I’ve uploaded them correctly all before pictures should be followed by a “where we are now” picture.
One of my favorite additions has been the tiered herb garden in galvanized tubs, something I found on Pinterest. And my favorite space this year is the area the herb garden lives in, right outside my laundry room door. This area was all concrete and starkness all of last summer and just a few months ago. Now it’s one of my favorite spaces outside the house.
Here’s to living somewhere long enough to figure out what to grow where!