Friday, January 11, 2013

A Capitol Hill Winter Garden

So far this winter we have lucked out with a rather mild weather. The little gardens on Capitol Hill are usually splendid during the traditional seasons. There are two homes across the street from where we live that have a meticulously maintained presence regardless of the time of year. During the summer one homeowner has vegetables tastefully meandering near the public sidewalk. I think I like the amber colored stones that replace one brick in the path. The other has a delightful sculpture of a person sitting on a bench holding a bird. And one by one, the neighbors try to outdo the next, which makes it even more fun to watch. We get the enjoy the competition. Our little garden is behind our building on our own personal patio, with a courtyard and wall that separates it from the public sidewalk. Not a lot of folks get to see our garden, but it's the best kept secret in the neighborhood. It's also a lot easier to maintain than the full acre and lot of mini gardens we had in Milwaukee. Our fine feathered friends were looking for the birdbath to quench their thirst the other day. Unfortunately the water has been drained, and I'm hoping they'll return in spring.

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