A HEALING GARDEN

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The Palliative Care facility here has an in credible Healing Garden for patients and their families.

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Although not  my own haven, it fills the bill temporarily.

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Big surprise is  Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’. I had no idea they were hardy to Zone 3!

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Delightful mixed with daylilies & ferns below.

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Large plantings of both wax and  tuberous begonias for annual colour.

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Ingenious solution to keep the fish safe from predators. a network of fishing line.

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Clearly all the paths are paved  and the entire garden is wheelchair accessible.

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Everything I learned  about in my year-long seminar ” Design for the Elderly & Infirm” is beautifully executed here.

I  lunch here daily, overlooking the pond,listening to the sound of the gentle fountain.

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My mom is receiving the most incredible care and we  are so grateful to the entire staff of the Palliative Care Program at Mount Sinai Hospital where she is being treated with compassion & dignity.

A huge thank you to all who left comments on my last post. I appreciate your kindness & good wishes.

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THE WELCOME HOME

After  five  weeks the garden welcomes me home..

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I’m just in time for the blueberry harvest.

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Away from the garden for this length of time lets me see it objectively with a more discerning  eye…. Above, the walk from the compost

Major pruning is required of the figs, but I hate to give up the harvest although one tree is shading out the Styrax obassia  (photos  to follow)

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Meanwhile, the hydrangeas are coming into their own. Above, the entrance   of the drive from the house, to the garden,

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My garden is healing…  peaceful….  as I  start  to realize … I am loosing  my mother….

My posting  will be erratic over the next few months so please bear with me.

 

 

INSPIRATION

I need to get out more often!

 The talk by Robert Mallet at the Hydrangea Society has inspired me to make some changes in parts of the garden.

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I was particularly interested in his recommendation to plant masses of Hydrangea macrophylla in the shade of the later blooming Hydrangea  paniculata.

There is an area in my garden where Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) are combined with both ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas and macrophylla types to nice effect; therefore, I am giving this recommendation much thought.

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The Viburnum court has been maintenance nightmare for quite some time. Although I love their foliage, flowers and  berries; they have been sprouting everywhere, and they are NOT easy to remove (my criteria for allowing self seeders).  Parts of the garden have become a viburnum forest rivaled only by the dreaded  Privet.

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So, in the interest of making the garden less of a maintenance headache, I am considering the removal of many Viburnums; perhaps adding a few sterile types (above) and more late-blooming hydrangeas. The only caveat being they would require hard pruning every few years. Easier than digging seedlings, no?

CREATING A PATH

There are two choices when creating a path.

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Curved paths create mystery, one cannot see the end.

Straight paths, on the other hand, require a focal point to stop the eye.

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Above, a reinforced focal point. The tree is the main focal point reinforced by the urn and plinth.

photo taken on recent speaking engagement in Ft. Worth TX.

I’M BOOKED!!

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I can barely contain my excitement. I was sent another gift;  a signed, coffee table book.  A garden I designed and built is included in it!

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MADISON: A Classic Southern Town,  is a bicentennial celebration of  Madison Georgia,  “the town Sherman refused to burn.”

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Written by William R. Mitchell Jr.and photography by Van Jones Martin and James R. Lockhart, it is an exquisite house and garden tour through what is considered one of the most beautiful antebellum towns in Georgia.

Some of the gardens I have designed over the years, received recognition. This is the first time one was ever been published in a hard covered book.

Thank you M & W You know who you are!

This garden clearly illustrates my design philosophy; the seamless unity of house and garden.

PIERRE, THE FRENCH GARDENER

What a great productive day in the garden. Since I am officially on the injured / reserve list, and it is such a busy time in the garden, I called for professional help; Pierre the French Gardener.

Boxwoods needed to be transplanted from the  center of the Cutting Garden…

to where they will  have more impact  right now.

I will replace them , but right now there is so much repair and replacement to do in this area that these plants won’t be missed.

Got rid of those ugly trellis structures…

and planted the garlic.

I have to say It was a pleasure to have capable hands (other than my own) tending the garden.

This a personal recommendation for which I have received no benefit. Pierre also writes a monthly newsletter at www.thefrenchgardener.net