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Spring Has Sprung in Camila's Garden!

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Spring Has Sprung in Camila's Garden!

Cristina Soriano

My gorgeous sister is fortunate to have a small beautiful private garden at her New York City home. It is a real luxury to have a small piece of outdoor space to utilize for much less than half of the year, so whenever it is time to enjoy the weather, my sister tries to make her garden as perfect as ever.

 As last summer was her first summer with her garden, my mother and I helped her cultivate the land from an overgrown jungle to a pruned masterpiece. (Mom, you deserve more credit than I do!)

Although taken at night, you can see the disaster that was her garden!

Although taken at night, you can see the disaster that was her garden!

Step One: Remove all unwanted weeds, trees and shrubs. 

Step One: Remove all unwanted weeds, trees and shrubs. 

Step Two: Clean up brick flooring and replace old dirt with more fertile and nutrient rich soil.

Step Two: Clean up brick flooring and replace old dirt with more fertile and nutrient rich soil.

Step Three: Add Emerald Green Arborvitae hedges and Rhododendron plant

Step Three: Add Emerald Green Arborvitae hedges and Rhododendron plant

Step Four: Add dedon furniture, et voila!

Step Four: Add dedon furniture, et voila!

This summer, I’m so excited to help my sister further improve her garden! Now, as the ground begins to thaw and the warmer weather approaching, I really can’t wait to get my hands dirty – my green thumb is itchy to be put to work!

Image taken from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492680158657/

Image taken from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492680158657/

To start, I plan to help her install some outdoor string lights, inspired by this image. The lights are a perfect way to light her space without putting too much brightness.

We absolutely love cooking with fresh herbs, so we will be planting pots of basil, parsley, rosemary and chilies. What better way to make Pesto Pasta then to use fresh ingredients, grown directly from the garden?

Image taken from: http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/1808291/calamansi

Image taken from: http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/1808291/calamansi

Calamansi, the Filipino lime, is a fruit Camila and I crave very often, so we are hoping to be able to plant a small bush to bear fruit for lots of calamansi-rum cocktails. Last year we were able to find a small bush at the flower market, and we hope to be able to find one this year, and plant it permanently in her ground.

Beautiful dahlias I fell in love with at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore!

Beautiful dahlias I fell in love with at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore!

We cant get enough of flowers and I can't wait to help my sister find some beautiful varieties to add to her nature sanctuary. Whether they be small potted plants to keep on her outdoor dedon table, or a few perennials to plant and last throughout seasons, I am so excited to give my input.

Cheers to nights of barbecuing, gazing at the stars and sitting outside amidst the concrete jungle! 

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