Hilda’s Garden

Hilda in her garden

What could be more delightful than having lunch with long-time friends who are also gardeners? It was a grey day, but Hilda’s smile could light up any amount of gloom.

raised beds

This is a food-centric garden. Hilda does the planting and tending, while Bill pitches in by building structures like these raised beds out front,

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and systems like this one for capturing water, tucked away behind a grape vine on a trellis.

espaliered fruit trees

Espaliered fruit trees divide the space.

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Many of the plantings could pass as purely ornamental, but careful thought has gone into attracting bees and other pollinators.

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Colorful Achilleas spill over gravel paths.

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No reason yummy cannot also be beautiful.

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Not that there aren’t a few plants included for their beauty alone.

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Some architectural fragments peek out here and there.

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Ditto bits of whimsy.

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A bench for taking it all in.

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Thanks, Bill and Hilda, for inviting me to spend an afternoon in your urban oasis.

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