We do not have this kind of garden, but one domestic fantasy I have had is to live in a two or three up one across kind of house, with a little potted brick walled back garden. To me, in Australia, this means a Victorian terrace, in the US a brownstone like the ones in New York, and in London, this means those Georgian houses which sit in a neat white row.
So here are two divine examples, for sale in my area:
These little sheltered green boxes are perfect for edible gardens, and the best example I have seen of that lately is Nigel Slater's garden, which he depicts with love in Vol 1 of his opus 'Tender'.
These shots show his garden in each season. It is hard for me to imagine gardening in the snow.
This is a book to treasure with photos so exquisite I found myself having to stretch out a trembling finger to touch them. It is a celebration of garden to table cooking, written with the verve and enthusiasm of a convert to something quite life changing. (As it happens Nigel Slater could write a summary of the current Australian tax legislation including recent ATO guidance notes and still be interesting. He is some writer, as I pointed out here).
A vegetable garden is on my to do list this year, once I find the spot. In the meantime here is my completely accidental lemongrass bush which I planted expecting it to die (as you do). Instead it has flourished. I was so ignorant about lemongrass I didn't even know how it would grow, and whether the lemony roots would be entirely underground or visible. It turns out they stick up and out, and for a long time they looked like a weed. I was tempted to yank them all out weeks ago but my mother cautioned me to wait until they were stronger and fully 'ripe'.
Today, a lemongrass and mint marinade, for lamb chops:
This requires bashing of the lemongrass with lots of mint, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Marinate for a few hours, then grill quickly. A perfect Australian recipe.
First I have to find some lamb chops, which may not be easy given it is a public holiday today and all the shops are closed.
Here's to those brave ANZAC soldiers.
(Images: (1) and (2) Kay and Burton (3) NigelSlater.com (4)-(9) Jane (10) anzacsite.gov.au)