Now that I have a community garden plot I feel free to use my mostly-shady patio to grow beautiful things. Inspired by my friend Camilla, who recently started a rooftop garden in Montreal, I hit up the garden centre on the way home from Fort Langley and bought some beautiful geraniums and dahlias for a box that had swiss chard in it last year. The flowers have really brightened up the patio during an otherwise pretty bleary spring here in Vancouver.
I also planted this big, lush hosta. I'm not a fan of variegated varieties (when the leaves are speckled or streaked with other colours or tones), especially in such a small space. I simply wanted some greenery to further brighten things up. The sunflowers and nasturtiums will also bring some much-needed colour to the space. Of course, I still have some herbs, tomatoes, and squash growing out here.