What IS YOUR FAVORITE PART of BEING in the GARDEN?
I’m thinking of the many grand gardens I’ve visited in Great Britain, places like Bodnant Garden, Snowshill Manor, Chatsworth House, and so many more, where the garden presents itself as a series of garden rooms.
I imagine what it would be like to follow your fancy to whichever garden room had the best blooms or scent or fit your mood on any particular day.
I’d also like space for a large potager, or kitchen garden, and room for a greenhouse or two!
DOES A GARDEN GIVE YOU ENERGY?
Does a garden give me energy? Now that’s an interesting question!
I most often go to the garden to relax but I suppose you can think of that as a means of cultivating a sense of lightness and gentle energy, as opposed to frenetic energy.
I do know that after spending time in the garden, I’m restored and better equipped to take on the day.
IF YOU HAD TO PICK THREE FAVORITE PLANTS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?TELL US WHY if you can?
This is a hard one, so I’m going to go with the three plants that come to me and fits:
WHICH FLOWER MOST DESCRIBES YOUR PERSONALITY?
I relate best to lacecap hydrangeas. Here’s why: they prefer shady conditions; their flowers aren’t as showy as their better-known cousins the mophead varieties; they tend to wilt when it gets too hot, but a nice cool drink will revive them. That pretty much sums me up!
I only use a seaweed based fertilizer that I dilute with water.
It’s an all-purpose organic choice.
Although, I do fertilize my lemon tree and fuchsias with used tea leaves.
At what AGE did you start to GARDEN?
I don’t remember exactly when I started gardening, but some of my earliest childhood memories are of planting radishes. Why radishes?I don’t know…I don’t even like radishes. But remember planting them in our family garden. I think cosmos were the first flowers I planted, maybe at the age of 7 or 8. Both radishes and cosmos provide easy success for a young gardener!
Any Tricks for Deer or WILD TURKEYS?
The only trick I have for deer is to plant things with strong scents and stick leaves around the plants the deer prefer. They seem to avoid certain salvias, especially Salvia clevelandii, better than any deer deterrent I’ve tried. Our backyard is fenced to keep them out, but the deer literally raise their young in our front yard, but they don’t go near the salvia. The neighborhood turkeys haven’t figured out that our dog Maggie is more afraid of them, so they stay away.
Tell which season gives you the most JOY in descending order………Favorite first than least favorite last!
SPRING because that’s when my garden looks its best. It’s also the season that’s so full of promise for the future. Watching plants reemerge after the winter is nothing short of miraculous, to me.
LEAVE US WITH A GARDEN QUOTE…….PLEASE!
“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
Lady Bird Johnson
THANK YOU PAT for a VISIT TO YOUR GARDEN and your STUNNING PHOTOS!
That mushroom looks FAKE?
The View the Flowers and the WILDLIFE SURROUND YOU!
Looks like PARADISE to ME!
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