The hot and sunny summer this year brought an abundance of tomatoes. Out tiny city yard was just big enough to fit few bushes of Sungolds, some Roma, and a plant or two each of red cherry and big burgundy slicing tomato, which name escapes me now. It is dutifully noted at the bottom of the planter, but it is a jungle out there… It is a a container jungle, but far from being contained. The Sungolds are reaching the top of first story window, tied with – what else – ties made from Liberty fabric scraps. Slicing tomatoes are taller then the fence, all thanks to strictly organic fertilizer, which was only used once, despite best efforts to keep “schedule”. And this is how we roll in our tiny city backyard, if you squint hard enough you can pretend it is a country garden shack. Welcome.
This year’s culinary discovery for me was tomato confit. Mine is lightly cooked in oil with home grown thyme an some garlic, just so the skins burst. Tomatoes are peeled when cooled, and frozen whole with leftover oil on top, for winter pizza and pasta. The fragrance permeating the kitchen when I make it it just a bonus.
After fun filled, although sometimes frustrated search (favorite Anthropologie planters sold out!) my Roman inspired garden mood board is ready. Now the hard part, making it happen. I cannot wait to share the results!
Clockwise from top left:
Planters: Pottery Barn Umbria planters
Outdoor sofa: Patricia Uroquiola “Foliage sofa” at Hive Modern
Aged scalloped planters: Jayson Home
Plant pot with saucer: Ikea
Nasturtium “Gleam Salmon”: Floret Flower Farm
Jardin Bistro Folding Dining Set: West Elm
Rosemary in clay pot: Burpee
It has been rather unseasonably cold in Boston this spring. My courtyard garden as well as the community plot are still looking gray and drab. It was tough to get inspired to create this year’s theme for the garden. That is correct, this year I want to create a themed backyard. Subtle, inspired by my latest upcoming travel destination, and really an ‘interpretation of’ rather than imitation. The idea crystalized on the same day that I received lovely message from one of the hosts of my photography workshop. “Count the days!” she wrote, and I am. The same day I was attending landscape architecture lecture series at the Gardner Museum and it all came together, as I was marveling at the cascading nasturtiums: A Roman fairytale.
Part 1 of garden inspiration: Inner courtyard at the Gardner Museum.