GREAT GARDEN YEAR

Peace, quiet, birdsong, this is a great garden year!

Circle of Freinds at dusk

Circle of Friends at dusk

I am finally back into my garden! I did not realize how much I  missed it.  I spent the last years distracted by various life events and for a time ignored my own needs and passions. Learned some valuable life lessons and returned to my roots, my tribe.

20160604_161957                                  Design of pot attributed to Gertrude Jekyll

Thanks to a very mild winter, my garden this year has been sensational. EVERYTHING bloomed profusely.

Rose 'New Dawn' on old chicken house

Rose ‘New Dawn’ on the old chicken house

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Right now I am enjoying the blooms of Hydrangeas I have not seen (in my garden) for years.

'Fuji Waterfall' aka 'Starburst' these American names given to 'Hanabi'

‘Fuji Waterfall’ aka ‘Shooting Star’ these American names given to ‘Hanabi’

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Hydrangea serrata 'Miyama Yae Murasaki' (AKA Purple Tiers)

Hydrangea serrata ‘Miyama Yae Murasaki’ (AKA Purple Tiers)

The secret garden

The secret garden

It is, however, not just about what is blooming.  A ‘Garden’ must have structure and a narrative. Without these organizing principles, one simply has a collection of plants or chaos.

In my design lectures I talk about the 2 points of view on what makes a garden. One is that a garden is where one puts plants, and the other, to which I adhere, is that plants are used to create the garden.

The first is a ‘yard’. A garden is a refuge, an ongoing work of art to be honed and nurtured.

Below, a plant collector’s garden held together by it’s structure. (another post to follow about this garden & the gardener)

Ozzie Johnson's Garden

Ozzie Johnson’s Garden

 

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What are your thoughts? What is more satisfying a yard or a garden?

photos of my garden, taken with cell phone. Ozzie’s wonderful garden with a real camera!

HYDRANGEA TOUR ALERT

American Hydrangea Society

22ND Annual Garden Tour

Saturday, June 11, 2016

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

rain or shine!
We have 7 beautiful gardens lined up for your touring pleasure
in the Atlanta Metro area showcasing Hydrangeas!
Tickets are $30.00 each or a family rate of 2/$40.00
We hope you will join us! It will be a great day!
Tour ticket entitles you to the current tour and a year’s membership in the
American Hydrangea Society including three informative color newsletters.
Our newsletter is a great source of information about hydrangeas, their care and
maintenance. There are three free lecture meetings a year with excellent speakers on
Hydrangeas and we have wonderful plant raffles at our meetings too!
Tickets will be available online via PayPal at our website until May 31ST.
http://www.americanhydrangeasociety.org
Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour from 9 AM – 2 PM ONLY
at Garden #1 (2607 Cotton Mill Court, Marietta, GA 30068)
and Garden #7 (3254 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur, GA 30034)
so don’t worry if you have a last minute addition to your group.
(Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible.)