After some tense moments at the parking permit office, I now feel settled in my "Savannah Getaway", where they advertise you can "live like a local". I'm in an upstairs apartment across from the Colonial Cemetery so when I walk the dog at night the ghost tours keep me company.
Parking here is important mostly because you walk everywhere and that car needs to sit some place while you do it. Now that the secondary residential sticker is firmly planted on my car I can breath easier and save my quarters for extra-large iced teas (with a splash of pineapple lemonade) from Parker's.
Last year I was a bit giddy getting away from the winter, although it was the winter that never quite was, but this year is different. I have mixed emotions, as I miss my new neighborhood and there's the matter of the house we are building in it. Hopefully all the big design decisions are behind me while I escape the cold. And note to potential burglars, I may be gone, but someone's home.
It's still winter here but my garden sleuthing has already begun in earnest. Henry-dog and I just found a sweet little "tree lawn" planting. For those of you that aren't familiar with this term, the tree lawn is that narrow strip of soil between the closely plotted homes of the historic district and the often bricked or cobbled streets of Savannah.
With space at a premium, those with a bent for gardening, grow what they can in these petite spots, packing them with annuals, tropicals, palms and azaleas. I thought this one was certainly maximizing theirs in a charming way.
So when we think there isn't room in our gardens for one more plant, maybe we aren't looking hard enough!
While I'm in Savannah I'll be posting lots of pics of great gardens that may be southern but still have lots of ideas that are totally "tranplantable". I have lots of writing projects to work on when I'm not I larking around. I may have a very interesting announcement...hmmm.
Of course my daughter ( thesis project is close to finished she tells me) and I will be eating our way through the city and surrounding areas. And I'm sure there's a Charleston trip ahead with all those beautiful windowboxes among other garden inspirations. Stay tuned.