DAFFODIL ENVY

I am suffering  from Daffodil envy.

This morning I opened the computer and found the following photos on one of my favorite blogs THE GALLOPING GARDENER.

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And here I was feeling so proud of the Wordsworth Meadow! 

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Nevertheless, scenes like this were my inspiration.  

The photos were taken  at The Valley Garden in Surrey England by Charlotte Weychan. Charlotte travels and visits fabulous gardens.  Check her blog for a wonderful armchair visit to some of the best gardens.

I better get busy sourcing and planting. I think I need several lifetimes to achieve something like this!

Thank you Charlotte for use of your photos.

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SPRING!

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Spring is announced in the ‘Wordsworth Meadow’

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It does fill my heart with joy!

Every year the display increases. Presently scouting old abandoned homeplaces to rescue more Narcissus to add to the meadow.

If you have been reading this blog then you know these are ‘old timey’ bulbs that have survived for years unattended. The modern cultivars  I originally planted  disappeared after a season or two.

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The sweep of Narcissus on the left in the above photo is a younger planting than the one on the right, equal number of bulbs. Time is a huge element in garden design.

MORE SCENES FROM AROUND THE GARDEN:

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Prunus ‘Okame’ and Spiraea, wish you could hear the bees  a -buzz at the ‘all you can eat buffet’

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     Helleborus orientalis Narcissus and the ghost of last summer’s Hydrangeas.    

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Of all the garden areas, it is the ‘Wordsworth Meadow’ that holds my heart.    It is still unfinished….

JUST IN TIME!

Got it all done just in time!

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For the last few years my decorating has taken on more meaning. I start with  a silver plated bowl that was my Mother-in-Law’s and fill it with sparkling faux fruit. This is becoming a tradition for the mantle.

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New this year is the addition of my Mom’s silver plated fruit bowl in the center of the table filled to overflowing with gold pine cones.

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These photos were taken before the table was set and the last minute  details, greenery,scattering of fruit & pine cones on the table etc. etc.. (5 cats, need I say more?)

I hope your Christmas was Merry & Bright and filled with Joy!

I am hosting an Indian Dinner for the New Year, will post more photos then. Maybe some recipes too.

THE GARDEN BOOK OF 2013

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The presentation of Martha Tate’s book about Margaret Moseley was spectacular! Above, Martha and Margaret signing books.

The book is a work of love (by Martha) and art (by Mia Broder) and the best gardening advice ever published (by Margaret).

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I could not do better than Martha in describing this book so, with her permission here it is…

“The book is the story of the extraordinary garden that Margaret Moseley started when she was 52 years old.  It is also about a very funny individual who kept us all laughing with her antics.  Instead of just a lot of expository writing, the book contains excerpts from Margaret’s own journals, her unforgettable quotes and reminiscences from friends who visited her often.  It also contains a lot of photographs taken over the years and valuable plant information and hints for success.

I think I might have written already that Margaret’s influence was felt far and wide in the gardening world.  When she was discovered at age 78, she had been gardening for 26 years.  By the time I got out of my car at her house on a spring day in 1994, she had already filled her 3/4-acre back yard with collections of viburnums, hydrangeas, camellias and just about every other shrub you could think of.  She also grew an amazing variety of perennials.

While she had been unknown to garden journalists, she was a familiar sight in area nurseries, seeking out the newest introductions she’d read about in magazines, books, catalogs and the newspaper.  She was also already swapping cuttings and divisions with other gardeners and buying old-fashioned plants from advertisers in the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin, published by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

When the news about her garden came out, the tour buses started arriving, along with television crews, and writers and photographers from national magazines.  Garden clubs and Master Gardener groups arrived by the busload.  Visitors to the garden enjoyed Margaret’s special almond iced tea (the recipe is in the book), and seldom did anyone leave without a plastic grocery bag containing a plant.  She generously opened her garden for tours sponsored by plant societies.

The irony of all this is contained in a note she wrote to me on November 2, 1995, when she was 79:  “Dear Martha, Because of you I’m enjoying my garden so much in my twilight years.  Thank you.  Love, Margaret”

Little did Margaret know when she wrote this note what was about to happen.  For the next decade and a half, she would come into the prime of her gardening life, making personal appearances at garden centers and events with her friend and founder of the American Hydrangea Society, Penny McHenry.  Margaret would come to inspire countless individuals to begin gardening, and a mention of a plant in her garden would cause nurseries to sell out immediately.  She corresponded with people from all over the world who saw her featured on HGTV’s A Gardener’s Diary.  Every time you’d go there, you would come away thinking that it’s never too late to enjoy gardening or to start a garden from scratch, even if you were in your 80’s.

Margaret is convinced that going out every day and working in her garden has contributed to her long life.  She derived such joy in every bloom that opened and couldn’t wait to get out of the bed in the morning and start digging.

But, Margaret says, it’s the friendships she’s made along the way that have given her the greatest pleasure:  “Growing old, I’ve been so blessed by the younger garden friends I’ve made through the years.  I’m never lonely.  I can’t say enough about what gardening has done for me.  I wish everybody could have a garden.”

Note:  The paperback version of the book is available at Amazon.com.  It can also be purchased in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.”

The paperback edition is also available at createspace.com

MARGARET MOSELEY- GARDENER EXTRAORDINAIRE

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Tomorrow night my dear friend and mentor Margaret Moseley will be at The American Hydrangea Society Meeting  signing the book about her garden written by Martha Tate.

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The richness of Margaret’s garden is captured in her portrait above.

If you have been reading my blog you already know her great influence on me as I learned about Southern Gardening.

Mine is not the only garden she has influenced. Lyndy Broder told me that when she first saw Margaret’s garden , she suddenly knew what she would do when she retired.

This meeting is open to the public. More information HERE

R.I.P.

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Mom passed on, just as she hoped she would, peacefully, quietly, in her sleep.

I am back in Georgia…..on the Mourning Bench.

I will lose myself in the garden for a while. It  needs my attention. Four months of neglect during the growing season has been disastrous!