My friend Gina once called me “Ye Olde Garden Hound”… and I suppose she was right. Having been a professional gardener for many years I used to scamper through the garden like a beagle sniffing for a buried bone. Now I take a move laid- back approach … prune for an hour or two, pull a few weeds then sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor with a cold beer.
I’ve been a gardener since I was knee-high to a grasshopper! I was raised on a small farm in rural New England and believe you me my father had no qualms about tossing me out in the vegetable fields to weed or pick whatever was in my arm’s reach. I was taught to drive a tractor as soon as my legs were long enough to reach the pedals … something I’m sure he regretted in the years to follow.
I am notorious for moving plants around in the garden if only for a few inches. As one of my fellow gardeners used to say after planting a tenderly placed perennial “don’t get too comfortable because she’s going to move you at some point”. After all … it was Gertrude Jekyll, that famous British garden designer and author, who said “it takes 18 years to perfect the perennial border”.
As for me, my garden where I live here in Santa Barbara will never be done. More on that later ….
This blog is not only about gardening but about other things that touch all our senses … sight, sound, taste, touch. So much to stimulate our very beings! You will meet Lady Dahlia, Mrs. Penny Royal and Miss Peri Winkler along with guest bloggers. Also for your reading and viewing pleasure you will encounter product finds, tips, recipes, environmental tidbits, videos, glimpses into our environs, lots of friendly banter and oodles of photos.
I’ve been meaning to start this blog for ages (definitely a case of journalistic constipation!) so to quote Walt Disney … “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing”.
Ladies and gentlemen … Pick up your forks and knives and get ready for a Feast!
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