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Apr 08
2010

Pretty After All

Every spring since I started gar­den­ing, I reach the point at least once when I feel so over­whelmed by what has to be done that I seri­ously think about sit­ting down for a nice, long boo-hoo.

There just isn’t enough time to clean it all up! I don’t have enough energy for all of this! Every­thing is asleep and it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a gar­den spring­ing up from the rav­ages of winter.

Thank­fully, Mother Nature usu­ally kicks in about this time and starts pre­sent­ing small gifts. The helle­bores climb out of the rot­ting leaves and from under the snow with pro­fu­sions of blooms.

Helle­borus x hybridus ‘Kingston Cardinal’

The daf­fodils poke their heads up and begin to bloom.

The tulips aren’t far behind.

Gar­lic that I planted back in the fall is grow­ing. And it’s safe to put out the let­tuce starts.

And it all begins to look hope­ful and (Dare I say it?) pretty after all.

Robin

Does any­one do hos­pi­tal­ity bet­ter than South­ern­ers? Per­haps. But I can’t think of who right now because last week I was in David­son, NC, speak­ing at the David­son Hor­ti­cul­tural Sym­po­sium where the mem­bers of the David­son Gar­den Club rolled out the red car­pet. It’s very fresh in my mind. And, oh my!

I was there as one of the guest speak­ers talk­ing about the “Art­ful Veg­etable Garden”—once again rid­ing my hobby horse about how edi­ble gar­dens don’t have to be util­i­tar­ian look­ing. I rubbed elbows with fel­low speak­ers Allan Armitage, W. Gary Smith ,  William Welch and Pamela Baggett. The David­son Gar­den Club mem­bers arranged for our trans­porta­tion and accom­mo­da­tions, flow­ers in our rooms and for our lapels, escorts to make sure we didn’t get lost, fab­u­lous din­ners and lunches and one very spe­cial gar­den tour.

The gar­den sur­rounds the Ital­ian Renaissance-style home of a pri­vate cou­ple who have cre­ated a very approach­able and walk­a­ble gar­den on acres of pro­tected land in David­son. A path­way cir­cles the perime­ter of the house and is planted with fab­u­lous spec­i­mens that are evi­dent even in the still-chilly weather of early March.

Care­ful atten­tion to plant selec­tion, art­ful cre­ation of path­ways to give long views of gar­den sculp­tures, cre­ative use of ele­ments for a rus­tic touch and even mossy paths, con­tributed unasked, cour­tesy of Mother Nature, made this a fab­u­lous and mem­o­rable gar­den walk.

You can see more of the gar­den here.

I appre­ci­ate my new friends in David­son and their fab­u­lous South­ern hos­pi­tal­ity. Thank you!

Robin
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