Urban Garden Denver Blog

Biking to view flowers

Biking is a great way to see a variety of gardens and flowers around town. Today I decided to bike a big loop that included some wealthier neighborhoods, to see how their flowers were looking this summer. The nice thing about biking is I can see flowers outside the range of my walks, and it’s probably safer than slowing down and looking while I’m driving. I also wanted to bike as a celebration of the freedom of this day, the first Wednesday that I am officially not working! I have started a part-time schedule (voluntarily, not downsized) and I am looking forward to being able to focus my best skills on work, and have more margin in my life. Of course, in the nice weather, I’ll try to spend some of that time outside in the garden. Otherwise, I’m trying to be very intentional about what I add into my schedule, as I don’t want the stress of a more than full-time job to be replaced with the frenzy of too many activities. So I am focusing on soul space this summer, holding open time to think, let my mind wander, wonder at the beauty of the world and pray for the brokenness in the world. I did some writing on the topic of Soul Space in a recent digital magazine for FullFill (Friend O’Mine issue). www.FullFill.org. It’s a free digizine, you just have to register to read.

Here are some pictures of my own garden this week, since I didn’t take my camera on my bike ride.

Pots of lilies by my back steps

One suggestion I have for planning a front yard landscape based on my observations around town – think curves, not rigid lines. We all love to have some flowers by our front walkways, to greet people as they come to the front door. But some yards have a narrow, rigid line of flowers against the walkway, so it feels more like soldiers standing guard than a welcome. A simple improvement, unless you like the regimented look, is to widen the flower bed along your front walk and have it curve wider toward the house, or wider toward the sidewalk, depending on the rest of your front yard plan.


I plan to post twice a week now, since it is high season on the garden, and I’ll be out there more! See if you can find some space in your life, even just a few minutes early in the morning or as the sun is setting, so sit outside and reflect.

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  1. * Loretta says:

    So glad you actually have the time now to “smell the roses,” and tend your garden, and feed your soul! Enjoy every precious sensory moment!

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago
  2. * Kathy Skipton says:

    I love the fact that you will be able to sit back and rest for awhile. I will try to learn that from you. I do tend to get to busy and I like your idea but also I had a year off reflecting so now am anixous to do some things this year. 🙂 KS

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 8 months ago

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