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Tonight, I had a bit of a brainstorm. I would like to do a running series, probably weekly, on my blog to showcase the gardens of my friends and family. I’ve seen some of them, and you people are awesome. I have to live vicariously through you, and let me tell you why.

I live in an apartment complex. It’s a decent complex, as far as complexes go, but there’s no place to actually, y’know, garden. The front of our building is west-facing and gets all of the sunlight in the world. It’s a blazing wall of solar goodness on the front. However, there’s also nowhere to actually do any growing-type stuff. I wonder, though, thinking about it, if I could hand a Topsy Turvy on the front stoop from the overhang. Hm. I should ask our property manager about that. If I could put one of those up next year, I’ll have a crapload of tomatoes (and yes, I know, I don’t like tomatoes; I do, however, love pasta, and homemade pasta sauce takes a LOT of tomatoes).

Anyway, back from my little side trip. The back of my building is where the back patio area is, such as it is. My garden cart is back there, sitting, sad, lonely, unused for lo, these last few years. It’s a nice place to sit in the afternoon because it’s east-facing and therefore shaded in the afternoon. Seriously, the back of the house is 10-20 degrees cooler than the front of the house on any given afternoon. It gets shade and lots of it. Sadly, most garden plants aren’t happy in the shade.

Which brings me back to my original premise. I want to feature your backyard/side yard/window box gardens on Give Mama Some Sugar, probably one weekly. I will be sending out some emails in the next few days to solicit stories and photos from people I know, because one of the few Universal Constants is that gardeners looooooooooooooooooooove to talk about their gardens. Hell, more than parents love to talk about their children, gardeners have to talk up their green spaces.

Who’s up for it?

Oh, and the OMFG2? Acronym: Oh, My Friends Garden, Too! I’m so clever sometimes that it’s disgusting.

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