Gardening is for me
a solitary pastime.
I love having people drop in
to see what’s blooming.
But I spend hours alone in my garden
Singing to myself
Admiring my work
And plotting my next adventure.
Perhaps that’s why I love having gardening neighbors.
Someone close by to share with
and borrow from.
Kelly and I have been that kind of gardening neighbors
Even before we were actual neighbors.
Now that we are only a block apart we are
Between the two of us we are constantly changing things.
Our gardens complement each other.
Where mine is good-sized.
Kelly’s is mammoth.
Where I have endless varieties of perennials
Kelly wisely has focused on flowering bushes.
She has much more space to fill
And filling it with annuals or 4″ perennials is
She moved back to this part of the country from Seattle.
There she had learned a great deal about Roses and Peonies.
She brought that knowledge with her.
And has over the years adapted it to our “slightly” different climate.
She helped me overcome my fear of growing Roses.
I in turn introduced her to Hellebore.
Over the years she has planted a “river” of them.
That’s the thing I love about gardeners.
They are so willing to share.
Actually, I can be a little annoying that way.
I’ve been known to give TMI too much information!
This week is a good example of that sharing.
I did a flower arrangement for a bridal shower.
I needed hot pink and oranges roses.
Since my Katy Road Pink is blooming out of it’s mind right now.
I’ve got the pink part covered.
Orange on the other hand is a problem
Especially since it’s one of the few colors I don’t do.
Lucky for me Kelly has a whole row of the most glorious orange roses.
It’s a Weeks Rose called Colorific.
And it is terrific.
So I took my favorite pruners and a bucket of water down the street
And cut a few.
Now it won’t be long till I can return the favor
Because next week Kelly needs 14 table decorations.
I have lots of spring bloom
And an endless amount of Euonymus for filler.
So you’ll find her cutting in my garden.
And because those Colorific Roses are so terrific.
I’m thinking of adding a few to my garden.
If you don’t have one.
I hope you find one soon.
It doesn’t get much better than this.
And speaking of gardening friends,
my friend Debra sent this marvelous quote.
“I think gardening is nearer to godliness than theology. True gardeners are both iconographers and theologians insofar as these activities are the fruit of prayer ‘without ceasing.’ Likewise, true gardeners never cease to garden, not even in their sleep, because gardening is not just something they do. It is how they live.”