Saturday, June 2, 2007

Grand Gardens

Last week my hubby was on holidays and we had the opportunity to take a day trip to visit some very special friends. We have known each other for 29 years and have shared a myriad of memories. We raised our children in the same small town and spent Christmas together for over 17 years. Our little group included four families and none of us had relatives living nearby, so we formed our own family. Our children felt like they had four sets of parents. Friends like these are rare indeed and even though we all live in different parts of the country, we stay in touch and treasure all of them.

The funny thing is, my friend and I were never gardeners when our kids
were small - no time, I guess. Now we both love to garden and my friend's garden was picked for their local garden tour this year! It's a wonderful place that has such a peaceful, calm feeling. She has a fountain surrounded by lavender and an incredible variety of plants AND a "blue bottle tree", that I just love. It's made from copper tubing and looks like a tree, and is covered with hanging blue bottles - it's spectacular, especially with the lights on at night.

My garden is small now, because I have trouble maintaining a large
space with my arthritis. However, I laugh at just how many different plants I've managed to cram into my tiny space. Oh well, once it matures, there certainly won't be any room for weeds LOL! My lupines are the only thing blooming so far, but we have roses and delphiniums that are just about ready. My trilliums are gone, boo hoo, but my lilac is blooming along with the northern azalea bush, and the jack-in-the-pulpits have survived the move - yeaaaah! We have a ton of landscaping to do in the back yard, but I do enjoy a nap on our lounger. Enjoy the pictures.


All Bear said...

What beautiful pictures Brenda! I'm like you, with a garden crammed full of plants and not a spare inch for a weed! There's something so peaceful about being in a beautiful garden isn't there?

Brenda said...

Hi Paula,
Yes, I agree with you - gardens are the best places to spend time when we're stressed, arent' they? Actually, any time is a good time to be out in the garden. I love watching the butterflies and even the bees work away, collecting pollen. I didn't think I could handle a garden anymore, but I came to realize I couldn't be without one, even a small one.



Aleta said...

Just popping in to take a look at your garden pictures again and to say I'm thinking of you.

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta