I have been away for a few days, having traveled from Virginia to NC to complete (almost) an office/study design project. I had so much fun working on this and SW & BW seem delighted. There are just a couple of details left……delivery of a chair and making of the pelmet for above a large window. They have graciously said I can post the before and after, so as soon as I make one last trip to get final photographs I will post.
I would also like to give a shout out to what I am sure is my youngest reader, well “looker” really, as she likes looking at all “the pretty pictures”. At just 4 1/2 years old, she was visiting her grandmother from out of state, and together they were read my post on Fairy gardens. This precious little one has a beautiful name “Jilan” (pronounced Jill On”), which means Happy Breeze on a Hill. Such a special name! She and her mother have a special fairy named “Laurel” that traveled with them from Ohio to her Grandmother’s home in Virginia, but stayed outside, preferring Grandmother’s maple tree, I am sure to better watch over them. Jilan has returned back home now, but from what I have heard via her grandmother, she still looks at my blog, apparently enjoying the post on Hydrangeas and revisiting the fairy garden post! Now that is humbling, and touching as well. You never know when blogging who might be reading or gazing at the photos, and whom you might inspire. So thank you little one for visiting and so happy you enjoyed the photos!
Today, I thought I would share the gorgeous garden of one of my readers from the western mountains of NC. What is so impressive about this garden is they achieved this beautiful space by clearing, and creating the garden with hard work and all by themselves. It is made more impressive when you see the before photos. So let’s visit this beautifully designed garden that VM & RM have lovingly created, where they and their extended family often gather throughout the seasons. All photos by the owners.
VM was inspired by her late Mother to love plants, trees and flowers and was lucky in love, marrying her husband who gardens and also has a mother who loves to garden as well. The poem below was written to honor VM’s mother, and she has given me permission to share it here. Enjoy.
A Bouquet of Poetry
In a Garden of Friendship
While gardening in my garden and hoeing hard with Delalande and Debussy,
My afternoon accompany,
Pieces of my soul drip from my fingertips soaking the soil with nourishment for the fresh flowers.
My passion for planting is renewed with the return of early spring.
Now celosia and alyssum garnish the grey and white mailstand by the road.
Within a week, the plum-purple clematis will boast its blooms as it climbs and clings to the post.
The fuchsia cups of my tulips tip their soft green stalks to and fro in April’s waltzing wind.
Clusters of pink and amethyst phlox float down the hill gracefully colliding with the crimson azaleas.
My prize peony is sleepily peeping through the wood chips, anticipating its summer debut.
Oh the herb garden, my all-consuming horticultural obsession.
I love the herbs like poets love words. I arrange them into a rhythm of fragrances
In their high bed of honor surrounded by castle-wall rock. Of all the friends in the flower fields,
The herbs are my dearest: Lavender, lemon balm, pineapple mint and parsley,
Cinnamon basil, bee balm, rosemary and rue.
Their scents sing with the cool, trickling water in the European fountain
And slender silver wind chimes provide the faint percussion with every tender tap of tone against tone.
Of course, my ill-formed words lack truth of expression for the breath-taking beauty of a
God-grown garden. God’s gardens, with their befitting grandiloquence, lend their colors
To Kincaid’s palette. In the past, they have posed for Renoir and Monet.
They are the faithful favorites of every photographer.
I implore you, my Tea Ladies, to grace my floral fields with the beauty of your humble presence.
Enjoy a cup of jasmine and
A bouquet of poetry in my garden of friendship.
copyright April 2001
Thank you RM & VM for sending me these photos and your willingness to share with my readers. It is a wonderful example of “just dig in and start”, and with some planning, in a few years and onward, you can have a garden that fits your climate, the size of your space, your lifestyle and welcomes family and visitors to a very special place. Hope you enjoyed todays post and if you would like to see more reader gardens, just send me your photos. As always, thank you for stopping by. Laters, charisse