For most folks, when friends come to visit for a cou­ple of days they’ll send a lit­tle note of thanks when they get home. When your friend is a gar­den blog­ger, they’ll blog about your garden.

My friend and Eng­lish gar­den tour travel part­ner, Laya­nee, did just that, post­ing about my gar­den here on her lovely blog Ledge and Gar­dens.

The Wood­land Gar­den and, we hope, future Moss Garden

It’s very inter­est­ing to see some­one else tell the story of your gar­den through their eyes with their cam­era. It was Layanee’s first visit here, although she has seen many pho­tos of my gar­den over the years on this blog. As we walked around the win­ter dev­as­ta­tion she said more than once, “I haven’t seen this view!”

I par­tic­u­larly appre­ci­ated Layanee’s view of what we are cur­rently call­ing the Wood­land Gar­den. Our hope is that over the years moss will cover this area to cre­ate a serene and green wood­land set­ting. On Layanee’s advice, we cleared the under­brush and hauled in and spread about 10 tons of stone dust. (Well, “we” didn’t do it. My 6’4, 180 lb 20-year-old son did it.) The stone dust will keep down the weeds and pro­vide a sur­face for the moss to grow.

It’s nice to have friends in the hor­ti­cul­ture busi­ness who can give you free advice!  By the way, you can get your own free advice from Laya­nee and her radio part­ner, Sam, by call­ing into their Sun­day morn­ing radio show, “Gar­den Guys.” You’ll have to find your own strong 20-year-old to do the heavy lifting.

Win­ter is not the best time to visit my gar­den, but Laya­nee kept reas­sur­ing me that she could see the “bones.” I do hope that she returns when things are grow­ing and green. Bet­ter yet, come visit around July or August when I could use an extra pair of hands weed­ing it all!

Laya­nee with my lit­tle dogs, Sarah and Sophie

Thank you, Laya­nee, for a won­der­ful visit and such a kind thank you note.



Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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