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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

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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