365 Challenge: Day 73 – Gardener

Gardener: a person who tends and cultivates a garden as a pastime or for a living

Let me be clear right at the beginning: Gardening is not the way I make my living! And while it’s a bit of a pastime, it’s not something I have a lot of opportunity to do right now for two primary reasons: (1) I am blogging and reading in all my spare time and (2) I live in NYC. But let’s do a quick re-cap on why I chose gardener.


As a child, I helped my mom with all the gardening. We had a 150 square foot raised patch in the back corner of the property where we planted vegetables. We also had a fairly large piece of property in the suburbs situated on a corner lot, about 1/3 of an acre. We spent a lot of time on the weekends mowing the lawn, trimming trees, cleaning up weeds and leaves, and planting flowers. If I had to count, I’d say we had about 40 flower beds between the front, back and sides. I learned a lot about gardening! When I moved into my own house, I tried to re-create a lot of those memories, and my mom would help, but I worked a lot and couldn’t keep up. But I always had a few beautiful flower beds I could maintain in the front yards. Then I moved into the city… and on to the 12th floor of a building. So what was I suppose to do when I wanted to garden?

I love to garden. I enjoy planting seeds, watching things sprout, watering, checking the growth and seeing the pretty colors. It makes me happy. It’s calming. It’s a pretty scene to look at when you live in a concrete jungle. And while I do live in a major urban area, there are tons of parks and lots of small corner flower beds to admire, so it’s not all brick and mortar. But, when the significant other and I bought this apartment, we carefully chose a place with a large terrace for a few reasons: (1) Ryder needed some space to run around, (2) We needed an escape outside of the apartment without having to travel far and (3) We were giving up our summer beach share and wanted some connection with nature in our new place. So… our apartment has a 600 square foot terrace. It’s about 8 feet wide and 75 feet long. That said… to bring this back to today’s post… and to share a little about me… and to give us all something to look forward to, I’m going to post pictures every few weeks of everything we’re doing with the flowers, bushes and trees on the terrace.

We spent about 5 hours last Sunday, with my mom’s help of course, planting a bunch of flower pots, moving around some trees (yes, we moved 8 foot trees in pots from one side to the other… very heavy!) and deciding how much more we’d need to purchase. Knowing it’s way too expensive to buy things in NYC, we take the train out east to Long Island, buy everything much cheaper at a huge nursery, and then my parents drive us all back in with the flowers to the apartment. It takes about 3 to 4 hours for that part, then I make lunch while they start prepping outside. And we plant for a few hours, relax with coffee and some dessert I cooked… they head home and we crash from exhaustion!

Without further ado, below are the photos I took this morning at the beginning of the season. Please remember these were just planted, have very little color at this point and aren’t picture-perfect; however, they will be in the coming weeks and months.


Three pots with roses on the East corner. The bright pink one is new, the other two we put in last year. They are already starting to flower. This will be a collection of varying heights and pinks.


Both larger pots are new. We bought a bunch of flats with different colors. One is a pot full of yellow and orange flowers, and one is a pot full of purple and red flowers. I can’t wait until they grow together and cascade over the sides. The smaller green bush might not make it, but we removed it from another place and wanted to see how it would do.


Another pair of new pots, both full of various yellows, whites and greens that grow tall and will cascade down the planter sides.


On the left is a hydrangea that we trimmed to the base last year. It’s already grown back and starting to get some buds. On the right is a new wisteria vine we will train to grow on the railing once it’s bigger. A few small colors in the base, too.


We have 5 huge planter boxes full of ivy. In #1 above, we added purples and reds, and a strawberry bush.


In #2, we have a few bushes, including a very fragrant jasmine tree and some impatiens.


In #3, we have petunias and foxglove that’s still fairly small and needs to grow.


In #4, we have a few bushes, heather and a bleeding heart.


And in #5, we have more colorful perennials.

We’ll need to buy a few more flats with colors for the window boxes and these planters, as well as think about the herb garden… but that’s next weekend. I’ll post new pictures in about 3 weeks when there is enough growth and change!

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


  1. Omg! That is beautiful, Jay! Your terrace looks amazing! I love to garden, too. There’s nothing like digging in the dirt. I’m terrible with watering the plants after though. I tend to have some die-off because of that lol.

    The perennials are just starting here and it’s too early to put any annuals out because of the risk of frost. Mid to late June is usually safe.

    Thanks for sharing!



  2. Fantastic! We just built an outdoor garden, simple- we used cement blocks for short walls and chicken wire, wood beams- we have raccoons and all sorts of animals that love to dig up everything edible so we had to cover it. Love growing everything! So great to see people growing things in the city! Great share!

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  3. Very cool. I love to garden. We are lucky enough to live in a house with a yard and we keep a nice little front garden growing in summer. At least where you live if anything doesn’t perform, you can toss it over the side, right?

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