The Courtyard



I’m posting these photos as part of a conversation with the writer of the blog  “Cottage Garden Living.”

This is the courtyard where I live:

view from villa chapel 102515

This  photo was taken about four years ago . Since then ,I have been planting perennials in all the bare brown places you see.


Hostas and lilies center June 24

first, I transplanted Hostas into the center of the garden. But that area gets full sun, and by July the Hostas were burned up.  So I moved them to the shadier corners and planted full sun perennials in their place.  Waiting to see how it looks this year.

Some plantings along the sides:

Anse Hyssop July 6 2016

Anise Hyssop

hollyhocks bee balm aug 6

Hollyhocks, Bee Balm, Blanket Flowers

oct 2 2016 hosta

Hosta, Peony, begonia, Alyssium, Veronica

Magenta Gladiolus July 13

Gladioli, Obedient Plants, Crocosima


sunflowers balloon flowers

Sunflowers, Dianthus, Balloon Flower, Hosta, Iris, Cardinal Flower


You get the idea.  I am excited to see it everyday, as the plants I planted last Spring and Summer emerge.




Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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