Friday, June 10, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

This is the first in a series of gardens that I will feature on this blog. Last week I had occasion to visit a friend. We had spoken about her gardens prior to this. I remember when she moved into this house. There was no garden. The previous owners did not have any type of flowers or shrubbery. This beautifully groomed area makes a really nice place to sit and sip a mint julip or a vintage merlot. The fence was installed to increase privacy from the street. The shrubbery planted along the fence creates even more privacy,  makes for a fine breezeway and sound barrier. It is not easy to grow roses. They require a lot of attention. A lot of love and cultivation has nurtured these roses that have been trained to grow on this open cast iron gazebo. The cast iron dinette set compliments the area making a great place to have a meal on cool afternoons.

We settled in another beautiful area of her yard that I chose not to photograph. It was a time of day when the rear yard was shaded and I did not wish to reveal the location. My good friend is enjoying her yard. She has now decided to stay in the area instead of leaving for some far away pastoral part of the country. She has created a  beautiful outdoor living space that has caused her to fall in love with the place she has chosen to live. Gardening therapy has calmed the need to fly south that very often influences us to pick up and leave a town. We sipped merlot and spoke of the times when I worked and the times when she will no longer work. All in all, it was a great day.

Thank you Cynthia South for sharing
 your merlot, your company and your
beautiful yard.
American Pastoral,  
Pastoral Retreat Art Poster Print by Steven Harvey, 37x28,
Windowsill Whimsy, Gardening & Horticultural Therapy Projects for Small Spaces
Horticulture Therapy Methods: Making Connections in Health Care, Human Service, And Community Programs (Haworth Series in Therapy & Human Development Through Horticulture)
Projects for Horticultural Therapy Programs

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