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.


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14 Responses to “When Friends Come to Visit”

  1. Layanee Says:

    Awww,I had such fun and I for­got to men­tion that you not only showed me your gar­den and cooked for me includ­ing the birth­day cake (I LOVE cake) but you picked me up at the air­port and gave me a thor­ough tour of the area includ­ing Susan’s gar­den and Mt. Ver­non. Oh, and Sweet Harry, Sophie, Sarah and kitty were quite the greet­ing com­mit­tee. Sam will love the Gar­den Guys plug as much as I. Shout out tomor­row a.m. Your gar­den is beau­ti­ful in all sea­sons. I know it is.

  2. Carol Says:

    Sounds like you both had a won­der­ful time. Thanks for shar­ing it with us.

  3. Gail Says:

    Robin, I love the Woodland/Moss/Serenity gar­den! It’s beau­ti­ful in its fall color. That’s a beau­ti­ful photo of Laya­nee and the girls! I feel so for­tu­nate to have met some of the best peo­ple and now good friends from blog­ging. Who would have thought that a trip to Austin could lead to so many adven­tures! xoxogail

  4. Japolina Says:

    So, so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Renee Says:

    Beau­ti­ful as always, and your lit­tle dogs are so cute!!!

  6. Dee Says:

    I so enjoyed this post. It’s fun to see how other blog­gers see each other too. I love the idea of that mossy space Robin. I look for­ward to see­ing it some­day in person.~~Dee

  7. michelle Says:

    I love your gar­den. I enjoy any thing fall. Fall col­ors are my favorite. Your dogs are really cute. Can’t wait to see your gar­den this summer.

  8. Céline Salisbury Says:

    You want moss, you should visit our gar­den,.… my grass is full of it — I can give it to you very cheaply ;-)
    Although I am hop­ing that hav­ing removed the old and very awful conifer hedge that encir­cled the gar­den for years, the moss will leave (helped by some vig­or­ous rak­ing that is).

  9. Gabrielle Says:

    What a great photo– i can just pic­ture myself there soak­ing it in! Espe­cially now! Cant wait for Spring!

  10. colin- Driveway paving essex Says:

    Great blog you have here…
    The wood­land pic­ture is quite sim­ply breathtaking…i love it!!!

  11. Your Gardening Friend Says:

    Love the wood­land view! We also enjoy a wooded prop­erty, and, while I did not appre­ci­ate it at first, I’ve come to REALLY enjoy the moss in our yard.

  12. cristina Says:

    Laya­nee is a very beau­ti­ful lady. Your dogs are soooo cute!

  13. Jill Says:

    Your dog looks really cute..Thanks for shar­ing great blog.

  14. Dan Says:

    Love your dogs and Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available 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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