Part of the gardens that I quickly got excited about were the raised beds. There were 7 of them, built of concrete blocks, and about wheelchair height. Soon I was visiting them every day, watching to see what new plants were on bloom or fruit.
These planters were intended for use by patients, and were mainly planted up in the spring. Behind those windows on the left is a day-care centre and they get a chance to help too. one day I saw dozen pre-schoolers out with a few elderly veterans helping weed the garden.
The seven different beds were planted quite differently, some mainly flowers, some veggies, and some a happy mix. These are beautifful pink and white Cosmos.
Hollyhocks in the morning sun.
Butterfly Weed - did you notice the bumblebee?
Some bright-coloured Maeigolds
This beautiful stayed in bloom all the time I was there.
Veggies would grow, and then disappear. Obviously someone was harvesting them,
There was quite a lot of dill grown in one of the beds.
And ever-bearing raspberries, which disappeared as soon as they were ripe.
A little bit of second planting went on in my time there.
I was inspired so much I hope to create some raised beds here - perhaps planters around the sides of the deck? Watch for that next spring.
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