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Garden Talk: Southold Historical Society Garden Tour: July 9, 2005

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2005
11:52 PM

Post #1619546

My husband Jack and I were so pleased that our gardens were chosen, again, for the second Southold Historical Society Garden Tour. Although thunderstorms were predicted we had beautiful sunny and breezy weather. Some of these photos had to be taken again because the originals were too blurry due to the winds. My thanks to the many DG'ers for their ideas and inspirations, but especially Carmen Perotta (pins), who was of so much help to me with writing up the two page flyer for the guests.

This will be a tour from the start of the property all the way around the house and gardens, with some guests included.

There will be a Part II for the "Visual Scavenger Hunt" (thanks for the wording, Carmen!).

We'll start with the banner in town announcing the tour:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2005
11:55 PM

Post #1619555

This is the write up that Carmen helped me with and that was given by the two docents to the guests:


WELCOME TO OUR GARDEN
Arlene and Jack Ryan

“Come into our garden. We have some flowers that would love to meet you”.

You are as welcome as the flowers in spring! We offer lemonade, iced tea and water on the rear terrace, either before or after your stroll. Please sign the guest book after you view our gardens and let us know your favorite flower in our garden, or your favorite feature, (or both) when you make your entry.

We’ve designed and installed all the gardens, except for what is now the Rose Garden, with it’s 16 varieties, on the right side of the courtyard and the Spring Garden on the left. When we bought this house, in May of 1991, the former owner only had the following flowering plants: one peony, one Shasta daisy, two clumps of hosta, one nameless peach daylily, and the bulb garden consisted of one lonely yellow tulip which still thrives. We now have many hosta gardens with over 20 varieties, 1364 of our own hybridized daylilies and many more purchased and named varieties.

To insure that you don’t miss anything, we’ve composed a visual scavenger hunt that we hope you will like. Be the first one to locate the ten features and tell us the answers, and win your choice of:

A bag of our fresh homegrown lettuces
The weed of your choice
Hosta Plantaginea or Frances Williams
A visit to the “rest room”

Visual scavenger hunt features to find:

A row of tiny birdhouses atop a copper bottomed trellis
The 9’9” tall copper trellis, covered with two purple clematis vines, made by Jack
A child’s tiny teacup in a “birdbath”
The Gnome’s home
A single Victorian birdhouse “finial” atop a piece of lavender trellis
A pretty statue of a little girl, Petals, sitting on a bench
The location of the rocks naming the Japanese irises
The statue from the book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”
The white Obelisk Jack made for me
An aqua “stained glass” grasshopper

* * * * * *



People often ask us where we buy our plants. Jack grows many from seed but we buy plants, bulbs, etc. from:

Ornamental Plantings, North Road (Route 48), Southold (west of Horton’s Road)
JACK WEISKOTT 631-765-2614


Dutch Gardens (call for free catalog: full page color photos) 1-888-821-0448 [HYPERLINK@www.dutchgardens.com]


Coleus from Glassworks Greenhouse: [HYPERLINK@www.StainedglassWorks.com]


GNOME DOORS CUSTOM MADE BY TOM DAVIS: [e-mail:toga@telus.net]
(Canada: 604-888-8030)
On ebay Tom Davis’s “gnome doors” are easy to spot: look for Langley, British Columbia for his business. We have several of his business cards here for the asking.


Thanks to our indispensable friend, Lynn C. Paterson, for her constant encouragement and support in our mutual insanity as well as the wonderful people filled with inspiration for us, and the good traders at Dave’s Garden. [HYPERLINK@www.davesgarden.com] - Carmen Perotta, Jeanette Smith, Michele Rhodes, Pheadra Gleaton, NancyAnn Gandy, Dorothie Hellman, Mary O’Connor, and my maray dost (“dear friend” in Urdu), Kaleem Muhammed of Pakistan.

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2005
11:57 PM

Post #1619559

House number at entrance to courtyard:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2005
11:58 PM

Post #1619563

Entrance view:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:00 AM

Post #1619566

Some of the annual containers in the courtyard:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:01 AM

Post #1619570

My favorite, the purple container:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:02 AM

Post #1619574

Undine, daughter of Neptune, with impatiens:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:04 AM

Post #1619575

The Rose Garden is to the right side of the courtyard.
This is rose 'Queen Elizabeth' and Clematis 'Royalty':

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:07 AM

Post #1619580

On the left side of the courtyard is the springtime Master Bedroom Garden. When we open the blinds we see lupine, foxglove, Japanese irises, daylilies, sedum 'Autumn Joy', azaleas, daffodils, rhododendrons and a wandering river of muscari, along with lily of the valley, tall German bearded irises and this 'Love Pat' hosta:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:08 AM

Post #1619582

This is the primary daylily garden. All varieties are named. It is to the left of the Master Bedroom Garden:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:09 AM

Post #1619584

Pandora's Box is the most prolific of all the daylilies:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:13 AM

Post #1619595

View of the vegetable garden with scarecrow:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:15 AM

Post #1619598

Close up of the tomatoes on copper "tables" (made by Jack), the cucumber vine trellis, the bean trellis - you can tell Jack loves to work with copper!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:16 AM

Post #1619601

We have most of our own 1364 hybridized daylilies on this, the northwest side of the house, including 'Becky Lynn' x 'Femme Fatale':

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:19 AM

Post #1619607

A terrible photo of Jack and I in the Obelisk Garden (yes, he made it) and you can spot the clematis 'Blue Moon' near the bottom of the clematis by the 'Blue Moon' hosta's flowers. We were married under a real blue moon on January 1, 1991:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:21 AM

Post #1619610

Some of the Easter Lilies in the Obelisk Garden:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:22 AM

Post #1619613

Hydrangea by the fireplace Oriental Garden:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:23 AM

Post #1619615

A guest walking through one of the terrace gardens:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:24 AM

Post #1619618

Guests in the rear of the terrace gardens:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:26 AM

Post #1619619

Serving home made cookies and raspberry iced tea along with lemonade to a few guests:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:27 AM

Post #1619620

A long view, from our neighbor's side, of our garden:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:28 AM

Post #1619622

Two guests just found the gnome village:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:30 AM

Post #1619625

Guests passing the Asiatic lilies going toward the Japanese iris garden and then the Obelisk garden on their right, ahead:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:30 AM

Post #1619629

Jack explaining lupine seeds to a guest:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:31 AM

Post #1619632

Guests and Jack on the northwest side:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:33 AM

Post #1619634

The Harper Road side of the dogs pen:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:35 AM

Post #1619639

The back of the dogs pen:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:36 AM

Post #1619641

Blue Hydrangea at the rear, under the old Colorado Spruces:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:37 AM

Post #1619644

Golden Marguerite with one of our hybrid daylilies:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:39 AM

Post #1619647

Oriental lily 'Mona Lisa':

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:40 AM

Post #1619649

Long view of the gardens in the back:

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Sue_WA

Sue_WA
Seattle, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 13, 2005
12:41 AM

Post #1619651

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! I know your not done, but I had to sneak in to say it!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:41 AM

Post #1619652

The post lantern covered with clematis and zinnia with mums at the front by the rock:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:44 AM

Post #1619657

The welcome mat is always out for you!

Hope you enjoyed our garden tour and look for part II, the "Visual Scavenger Hunt", after I take a break.

Thanks for joining us,
Arlene and Jack Ryan

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
1:20 AM

Post #1619715

Oh, Arlene, the tour is fantastic!! I wish I could be there in person. The color and arrangement of everything is just breathtaking! WOW!!!

And I love your beautiful creation nestled in with the golden marguerite. As we say down here in the South, "OOOOOH, girl, you done GOOD!" LOL

Thank you for the tour. I think I'll go back around again and see what I might have missed the first time.

NancyAnn
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
1:36 AM

Post #1619742

How sweet of Sue and you, BC! It's always nice to hear a compliment.

Arlene
pins2006
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
2:14 AM

Post #1619845

Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, !! Just amazing!! I knew your garden would be gorgeous, but I never dreamed just how beautiful it is in "real life." Your pictures are just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing with us. It really made my day, just seeing all the combinations of plants, and your great guests that you had.

Carmen

This message was edited Jul 13, 2005 8:03 AM
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2005
3:02 AM

Post #1620007

Arlene, remember the other day I said when my gardens grow up, I want them to be like yours?? Well, I really really want them to now. That is absolutely astounding :)

Thanks so very much for sharing

Hugs,
Janis
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2005
3:08 AM

Post #1620017

Unbelievably gorgeous!! What a jaw-dropper...wow!
MiniSchnuz
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 13, 2005
3:33 AM

Post #1620061

Wow..so beautiful...unbelievably..Thanks for the tour and made me felt like I was there. On each photos.. I keep saying wow, wow... I wish my yard would look like this.. maybe one day.. :o)

Thanks for sharing with us...

Tricia

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

July 13, 2005
3:46 AM

Post #1620092

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wonderful... anazing... every thing is clean and nice.
Long view look like a golf ground... green and clean...
Your garden is looking like a beautiful park... and Entrance view is fantastic.
I this is better you are living in "Heaven". And this was not a garden tour this was Heaven Tour. Please change the Heading words.
Kaleem
Melissa_Ohio
Southwestern, OH
(Zone 6b)

July 13, 2005
3:59 AM

Post #1620123

Beautiful Arlene!!
Jnette
Northeast, WA
(Zone 5a)

July 13, 2005
5:58 AM

Post #1620294

Absolutely wonderful tour. Everything was beautiful and no matter what you say, there was not a thing out of place. Your trees are beautiful, Very LUSH vegetable garden. Love Jack's copper. Wish I were closer to take some lessons from him. I would love to do copper. (also, he is a nice looking man.)

I was honored to be on your write-up. There are so many things you have that it is hard to remember them all.

The huge blue hosta was gorgeous. And blooming right alongside the Astilbe yet!!! Good timing. Don't know how you got all of the flowers to do their act at the right time but they did it beautifully.

Take a long vacation you two, you earned it. Jeanette
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
11:28 AM

Post #1620488

Carmen: you deserve every word of praise. You took the time to read my wording and suggest the change to "Visual Scavenger Hunt" that had the first couple so excited that they had me caught up in it all over again. When she located the last item she could hardly contain her excitement! I will never take any praise away from you! Thanks so much.

To Janis (Woofens), Mary (Moby), Tricia (MiniSchnuz), "maray dost" Kaleem (gumlla - it means "container" in case anybody was wondering), Melissa and Jeanette -
thank you all for your lovely comments. We appreciate each and every word.

Hopefully I'll get to Part II with the next cup of coffee. Thanks again.

Arlene and Jack
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:20 PM

Post #1620540

Southold Historical Society Garden Tour: Part II

Visual scavenger hunt features to find:

A row of tiny birdhouses atop a copper bottomed trellis
The 9’9” tall copper trellis, covered with two purple clematis vines, made by Jack
A child’s tiny teacup in a “birdbath”
The Gnome’s home
A single Victorian birdhouse “finial” atop a piece of lavender trellis
A pretty statue of a little girl, Petals, sitting on a bench
The location of the rocks naming the Japanese irises
The statue from the book, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”
The white Obelisk Jack made for me
An aqua “stained glass” grasshopper

#1 solved:

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:22 PM

Post #1620544

Pennie and Paul Schwartz find the 9'9" copper trellis - #2 on the list.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:23 PM

Post #1620546

Tiny tea cup in a birdbath - #3

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:24 PM

Post #1620547

Gnome village - #4

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:25 PM

Post #1620549

Victorian birdhouse and bird #5

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:27 PM

Post #1620553

Petals - #6

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:28 PM

Post #1620556

Japanese iris garden with names written on white beach rocks - #7

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:30 PM

Post #1620557

Statue from the book, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' - #8

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:32 PM

Post #1620562

Obelisk that Jack made for me. It's covered with clematises, including the new one, 'Blue Moon', at the bottom left: #9

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:34 PM

Post #1620565

An aqua "stained glass" grasshopper - #10

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
12:37 PM

Post #1620570

#11 - the Grand Prize Winners: Pennie and Paul Schwartz of Southold!

Pennie was so excited with the hunt that it spread to Jack and I!
They were the first guests of the day and really enjoyed the garden but I think the hunt was the most fun for them. They selected the Hosta Plantaginea as their prize.

It was lovely to meet them and we look forward to their return to our little piece of heaven, as Kaleem calls our property!

Arlene

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tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2005
1:11 PM

Post #1620632



Fantastic tour of your gardens, Pirl! Wish I could have been there in person...so many vignettes and plantings to enjoy and admire!

Thanks for posting :-) t.

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

July 13, 2005
1:30 PM

Post #1620674

Love your blooming 'Blue Moon'.
Great photography.
Kaleem
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
1:35 PM

Post #1620685

Thanks Tabasco! I love the vignettes about as much as the rest of the plants, etc.

When we were on the last garden tour, in '98, I noticed an older woman actually running through the garden. I went over and told her she had four hours to see the seven gardens on the tour and there was no need to rush. Her reply shocked me: "I'm on the tour, too, and just wanted to see what YOU have" and then went on running.

So, for this tour, I wanted people to have to search out items so they'd stop and look at the flowers along the way and that was the reason for the visual scavenger hunt, so aptly named by Carmen, instead of my "contest". It made all the difference in the reactions of people when they'd stop to read the two pages.

One old bat made me laugh! The docent, Marian, gave this woman a flyer and told her she could read all about the gardens first. The woman said she didn't have time and would read it later! Oops, she missed the whole point of having fun while enjoying the garden!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 13, 2005
5:12 PM

Post #1621123

Thank you maray dost Kaleem! I'm getting better all the time with the digital photography.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
12:57 AM

Post #1622171

Thought you'd like to see the real PIRL. On her 100th birthday celebration I brought photos of three of our hybrid daylilies and asked which one she would like to have named after her. She selected this one and I said it would be called 'Pauline Reid Loeffler' and she didn't hesitate to correct me, 'Pauline Isabelle Reid Loeffler' and so it is.

I'll see if I can photograph a picture of her on our wedding day.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
1:15 AM

Post #1622223

Far left, center, the real PIRL!

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pins2006
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
1:17 AM

Post #1622229

What a beauty she is! I'm so glad you posted her pic! Is her dh still alive?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
1:22 AM

Post #1622243

No, he died in '66. The chap next to her in the photo is of my father-in-law who was also 90 at the time. We thought they made a cute couple! He died a year later.
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
1:32 AM

Post #1622268

What a beautiful flower to have named after you! I love it! I bet she felt so honored!

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
1:51 AM

Post #1622314

She felt honored when we dedicated all of our gardens to her, when we were on the tour in '98. She called, after reading about it in the flyer, and said to me, "I shed a tear". You just can't replicate her Albemarle, NC voice in print: really too bad. She was a gem! The real PIRL.
Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 14, 2005
6:21 AM

Post #1622703

Arlene, it's all exquisite! No wonder you were chosen for the tour, and it's even better because you and your DH do it together! That is awesome! I especially loved the pink daylily towards the front of the thread, one of your hybrids, the sedum with the teacup in the birdbath, the grassy paths that connect all the gardens together, your amazing daylilies, and on and on! And you would give away Frances Williams as a prize! I should have been there. How lovely to have these beautiful gardens to wander in together.
I love your gnome door. I'll try to find a photo of mine. It's almost the same! My son and I made them for Christmas presents two years ago. I have a dwarf cedar planted by the door. Keep wanting to put up a little fence, but the dogs do want to knock it down!

I love the whole thing! Kaleem is correct, a little slice of heaven!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 14, 2005
1:24 PM

Post #1623031

Thanks for the many compliments! Hybrids can be thrilling or "what went wrong".

You have a great idea with the cedar. We have tiny (one inch tall) yews and cypress that we're always yanking out and putting into the compost. Now, thanks to you, I'll take a few and gradually give them a walkway. Guess I'll be trimming them with a toenail scissors!
georgiagarden3
Arlington, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 15, 2005
2:14 PM

Post #1625455

Arlene and Jack ,you have a wonderfullll garden thank you for sharing your day with us,I hope the looky lue found time to read the flyer and then kicked her self for not slowing downlong enough to enjoy the gardens(lol).
Pheadra
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 15, 2005
2:20 PM

Post #1625464

I doubt it Pheadra! She was off and not quite running. It's her loss and she missed out on a lot of fun that the others had. We even had strangers talking to strangers and friends meeting friends in the garden. Thank you, Pheadra, for coming along for the tour! I hope you saw your name in the credits I gave to the great people at DG for their inspiration - like you and the birdhouse with the bird!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 15, 2005
11:26 PM

Post #1626490

All I can say is Wow Arlene. It's stunning. I knew that I had to leave the tour until I had a day to spend on it. The 'dog run' gardens particularly made me giggle. Not everyone has such stunning dog runs. You and Jack are so clever and such hard workers. I'm glad that you put a photo of the garden designers on the tour. :-) It just wouldn't have been the same without you.

It would be so lovely if people could slow down enough to enjoy the beauty. It makes me think of travelers who have four hours in Paris: Ah, don't you love the entrance to the Louvre? I.M.Pei you know. But no time - off to see the front of some other wonderful buildings that you'll never see the inside of. Oh, except the Eiffel Tower - you can see the inside of that without stopping the car. (LOL)

The pots are a work of art - and the hydrangea is to die for. What a bloomer. Tell Jack that his obelisks are beautiful please. I love all of the little secret things in your garden. It's magic!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2005
12:24 AM

Post #1626581

Thank you Dorothie, and thanks for all the compliments. We enjoy gardening and do take our time. The neighbor on the other side of my old English Tudor used to say I gardened well but I was "so slow". I asked Mrs. Loeffler and she agreed! She was kind enough to say that I took my time. I just don't see rushing to do something. I dig a hole, nourish it, remove any weeds around it, carefully place the plant, give it a drink, do more backfilling, create a circle for the water to seep down and so on.

We went to Prince Edward Island for a four night stay and it ended up seven nights. A woman was walking from town towards her ship and she asked us, since we were parked down by the water in Charlottetown, if we were from the cruise. We said we weren't but that didn't stop her at all. She said not to bother to go into town because she scouted it out and "there isn't a thing worth having in those shops". I asked her how long it took and she said "an hour". We were in town every day for at least 2 to 4 hours and still left without seeing everything. It was so charming. She never met the Bishop of St. Dunstan (maybe he was only a minister but in his wonderful garments we appointed him Bishop), never saw the Barachois play and sing, never met the ditsy blonde who was so sweet and charming that we'd go back time and time again for dinner, never saw the real "Anne of Green Gables" house, barn, and certainly missed out on the grand Seafood Festival when I went back into the kitchen to photograph the chefs! Someone told me I had to leave and I told them, "I'm the photographer" so they let me stay! One chef even gave me his "secret recipe" and Jack and I became two of the tasters!

Between the cruise liners stopping for a few hours and then you can check off all of Prince Edward Island from your travel list and those who fly by on coaches and never get to meet the farmers, the business owners, the artists, the gardeners, miss out on touring the windmill farm, I wonder why they even bother!
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2005
1:01 AM

Post #1626640

lol Well...I can honestly say I've been on both sides of that coin. When I was in Paris (for 3 days) there were many things I didn't see. Didn't even bother with the Louvre. (Too big.) But my 74 y/o Mom and I both love churches. Boy, do we love churches! I had the most wonderful time escorting her to every church we could get to ~ Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, St. Denis and St. Germain l'Auxerrois.

I'd say it was time exquisitely spent. :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2005
1:31 AM

Post #1626696

I have no argument there. It's the attitude of "I've been to this country and that" but they've been rushed around and haven't seen what the country is all about. It's just crossing more countries or places off this imaginary list so people should be impressed.

I know many people who've been to Ireland as part of these 4 countries in eight days than I even want to think about! When we went to Ireland we were there for 12 days. So many people ask what on earth we did!

Last year, in Montreal, we stopped at the church where Celine Dion got married - didn't matter to us. It was the Cathedral of Notre Dame. I was born a Catholic but was revolted when I saw $4.00 admission charge! With all the troubles the church has? An admission charge?
We were both furious. No such charges at Ste. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec!
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2005
1:43 AM

Post #1626719

That's dreadful! Charging admission to a church ought to be the 8th "deadly".
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2005
1:46 AM

Post #1626729

We've been to Quebec many times: love the food and the people. Ste. Anne de Beaupre was even prettier than Notre Dame! So there, Montreal!

There was an additional charge for lighting candles - maybe $2.00 each, not sure. Just took some photos. Beautiful but I'm still not over an admission charge.
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2005
1:49 AM

Post #1626739

Charging for candles is OK. There's were many candles lit on my trip. :)
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2005
5:49 PM

Post #1627920

All I can say is WOW. Arlene, these are fantastic shots -- what eye candy. WOW.
JanetS
Braselton, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 16, 2005
5:52 PM

Post #1627924

Noone needs to be bored to enjoy that tour! It was a pleasure! What a wonderful job you have done. I know it is a lot of work, but I can see you must really love it too.
Thanks so much for taking time to share this!
JanetS
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2005
6:04 PM

Post #1627946

Thanks Kimberley and Janet: yes, we do enjoy it - I guess it shows!
I'd rather be outside than inside scrubbing floors. It's the most fun when people want to start daylily gardening! We give away so many and just hope people get addicted like we did!
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2005
7:34 PM

Post #1628108

Hey, I rarely scrubbed floors when I didn't garden. Now I SURE don't do much of that!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 16, 2005
10:19 PM

Post #1628346

Truly a thing of the past!
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2005
10:20 AM

Post #1635919

Arlene, wow how did I miss this? I am glad someone mentioned it on the daylily forum. You have a wonderful place, can I come and live there? No, this Southern girl would FREEZE!

I also love all the copper work your husband has done.

I have never heard of a church admission. So sad.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
11:45 AM

Post #1636008

Maybe you'd like to come up, stay here, and watch the dogs while we go away someplace cooler: the Gaspe Peninsula.

I'm sure this is hot enough for you, this week: at 7:44 AM, it is 77 degrees with 88% humidity.

Thanks for all the compliments: weeds don't have too much of a chance when the plants keep growing as they do!
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

July 20, 2005
12:58 PM

Post #1636115

Pirl the garden is a work of art! If I where a fairy your garden would be the perfect home. And to open your home like that to a tour I hope the guest realized what a treat they received. I've said it before, but have to say it again. When my house grows up it wants to look just like yours.
8ftbed
Zion, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2005
1:23 PM

Post #1636152

Congratulations on the tour selection and you and Jack's accomplishments.
... everything and anything else has already been said, so -
Good Show!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
1:32 PM

Post #1636175

Araness and 8'bed: your words are like music to my ears. Loved the part about this being the perfect home if you were a fairy! I have a little fairy in my strawberry herb pot and had a Fairy Tale Garden until the hydrangea, Tardiva, spread out much too wide. All our hybrids of Fairy Tale Pink by various "fathers" surrounded it. I gave them all fairy tale names according to their looks. Then I had to move them all but still do have them.
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2005
1:37 PM

Post #1636180

Pirl,
I enjoyed your "tour" immensely. I have a similar garden or maybe it's just that we have similar tastes-big long borders, clematis in my roses, lots of little birdhouses here, we were on a tour this year, etc. but I wish you lived nearby. I think we would be great garden friends! I know I would learn so much from you (I have many hybridizer friends) and I would hope you would learn from me, too. I will listen closely to your posts on DG.
Boojum
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
1:44 PM

Post #1636192

Thanks boojum! Long borders are dreamlike to me. There was one shot where I messed up. I'll post it here. Oh, I LOVE TO LEARN and I think everyone who gardens does, too. There's always something new for all of us to enjoy and learn about. If I hadn't listened to "the real PIRL" I'd never have made being on the tour twice. Of course, having Jack is my real prize!

He made the trellises, tuteurs, window boxes, copper work, cut out the sod for our gardens, does the mowing, edging, composting, spraying, feeding, shares the weeding and deadheading with me: he's my dream come true.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
1:46 PM

Post #1636196

Here's my man, the morning after!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
1:52 PM

Post #1636214

This is the one I wished I had used instead of the "long view" one that I did use. I envy the birds that perch in this dogwood, for the view they have, with none of the work. They've given us many plants: white bleeding heart, the lovely lavender Stokesia and spread the Echinacea seeds for us. Maybe it's their way of thanking us and I am always grateful.

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Wandasflowers
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2005
2:12 PM

Post #1636270

pirl--absolutely outstanding gardens! I love they way they wind around from sun to shade. How kucky you are to have a DH that can tell a thistle from a daylily! :)

May we see more of your personal daylily hybrids?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
4:23 PM

Post #1636540

Thanks Wanda! Coming from you it's a super compliment!

I'll post some of our hybrids later in the day. I still have many more to photograph but it's too hot to be out now.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
8:55 PM

Post #1637099

This is a great garden! Wow .. all you need is a little statue of Saint Peter.. or maybe the Virgin to stick near the door. . . LOL what a stunning garden. So classical in look . . . really sharp wish I could have been there to nab a daylily or three! Mitch
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2005
9:02 PM

Post #1637115

Saint Peter? I'm familiar with having St. Francis or St. Fiacre in the garden, but St. Peter is new to me.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
9:03 PM

Post #1637119

Personal joke on this one sorry - I keep a collection of Saint Peters in my garden... dont really know why just found my first one in Mexico and loved the look...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
9:07 PM

Post #1637128

Mitch: Wait 'til you see the picture I'll take within five minutes!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
9:19 PM

Post #1637142

I know this is blurry but I was laughing. It's for Mitch! I've heard it said that a grunting animal will show up when you put up a statue and sure enough a pig turned up. He threw the flamingoes out of the pool and he's in it now!

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Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2005
9:33 PM

Post #1637172

ROFLMAO

You crack me up.
winnietn
Celina, TN
(Zone 6b)

July 20, 2005
9:37 PM

Post #1637181

Thank you so much for the beautiful tour of your gardens. Just Awesome!!!
Winnie
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
9:38 PM

Post #1637188

Thanks winnietn and thanks Janis, the birthday girl who has fudge and isn't sharing it with me! Wait until tomorrow!
Moby
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2005
9:46 PM

Post #1637202

Pirl ~ with a story like that it's no wonder why the gnome is sitting with his head in his hand!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2005
9:49 PM

Post #1637212

Hey Moby! I think he's drinking on the job. He better start praying!
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2005
9:58 PM

Post #1637231

I offered to trade some of my fudge Arlene... now you have to find the thread I posted it in :)


I'm skipping away happily... whistling... being totally innocent
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2005
10:19 PM

Post #1637266

Arlene

I sooooooooooooo know what you are getting for YOUR birthday... and its not fudge :-P

Janis
lincolnitess
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5b)

July 20, 2005
11:03 PM

Post #1637323

Thanks so much for pointing me towards this thread Arlene! You have done a marvelous job of creating your own little Paradise. Everything is so picture perfect, it looks like a movie set. I can tell both you and your husband have put a lot of love and sweat into it.
I especially love Petals and the way she seems to be studing the coleus at her feet. What a sweet face she has. Of course I also love your little Gnomes, the glass grasshopper and am green with envy looking at the gorgeous astilbe. OK, I love it all and I love that fact that you both seem to get so much joy from it!!! I'll revisit often.

Susan
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
12:04 AM

Post #1637396

Woofens: this could be a full time job!

Susan: Petals stares at her coleus while I stare at my callouses!
"A movie set" - well that's an outstanding and very complimentary phrase. I'm so impressed. Thank you for your kindness!

If you ever need astilbe: the white 'Bridesmaid', the lavender 'Rhineland', or the purple 'Purple Lance' just let me know - we have tons of it. We love sharing our plants. If we had kept all we gave away we wouldn't have a blade of grass left!

Thanks, Susan. You're very sweet.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2005
12:29 AM

Post #1637438

Arlene -
Very, very nice!! Now, how are you going to out do that next yr??!!

I can see it now, you'll be hurrying to write down all the ideas, and the neighbors think you are slow. Little do they know just how quick you are! Quick with the wit and the ideas!!

Hmmm maybe next year you'll have to take all the ones you were thinking about giving away and pot them up for prizes. The more prizes the better... One prize per family... you'll have to find/make lots of new things for next yr... She'll be telling the honey she'll be back, gotta go shopping and get more goodies for the yard...

Love the little girlie sitting on the bench with the bandaid on her knee (remember the story), the gnomes, the flamingoes, the itty bitty birdhouses... love it all! You did good girl! ~ Suzi ♥
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
12:44 AM

Post #1637456

Suzi,

The society only does this every seven years so we have time to do something new. I was thinking, thanks to a great page by RikerBear, (Garden Talk: I found a rainbow in my garden), of doing a rainbow colored daylily garden across the front of the vegetable garden. I already have the ten items for the visual scavenger hunt in the garden. That is assuming we live to make it!!! He'd be 82 and I'd be, uh, well, over 40!

Thanks for all the compliments. You do remember that Petals leg was knocked off! I was thinking of putting it across her lap and seeing if anyone noticed it!

My daughter once painted those itty bitty birdhouses, for a local crafts dealer, for extra money when she was a stay at home mom. So it is a very minor way to pay tribute and acknowledge her fortitude, tenacity, and courage in going it alone, with little granddaughter Megan by her side, and Toonie the cat, then succeeding and getting her degree. I'm so proud of her!!!!! She's the greatest gift God ever gave anyone but He gave her to me!
AlicemayS
Florence, MA
(Zone 5a)

July 21, 2005
12:54 AM

Post #1637477

Cowabunga Arlene & Jack!!!!!!!! Your gardens are awesome - thank you so much for sharing this with all of us here at Daves. We're all blown away by not only the size and immaculate condition of your gardens, but by the love, dedication & and an awful lot of elbow grease you two put into your place. Very, very very nice! Alice S.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2005
1:10 AM

Post #1637508

Arlene - Only every 7 yrs for 4 hrs??!! Hey, that is worse than waiting for a "blue moon" cuz at least they occur about every 2-1/2 yrs!! Figured it would be every or every other yr.

Single motherhood is not for the faint at heart!! Glad she did earn her degree! Got a better chance to thrive, instead of just survive, with a degree! Education is very important!! I got my BS in HR in 03 as a single mother too... w/ the spt of my DDs! Starting on MBA soon too... ~ Suzi ♥

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 21, 2005
1:21 AM

Post #1637528

oh, what a feast for the eyes and nose and fingers and toes! i would have to be barefoot for the whole tour! thank you so much for inviting me arlene. my "jacks" name is john and he does for me like yours does for you. i esp. enjoyed the long view from the neighbors side and what is that tree in the middle with dark leaves? are they maroon? my favorite little "find" was the band-aid on petal's knee. i am going back later this evening to tour again. so very appreciative to be included. your loves labour is not lost on those who know the gardeners cost, not for the dollar, not for the dime, but in visions and dreamings, tears and time. debi
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
1:33 AM

Post #1637547

Thanks so much Alicemay! The elbow grease is mostly Jack's but the love and dedication is the same as we have for each other.

Suzie - Your kids will always see you in a higher light than you can imagine. You've succeeded, just like ButterflyChaser NancyAnn did as a struggling single mom. There are so many mountains you cross that nobody else even notices. God bless you always.

My daughter already had her BA in computer science, before she married and then went on to get her four year degree in Music Therapy (Magna cum laude) to help emotionally deprived and Autistic children. Then she got her teaching certificate and taught school but now teaches music privately and loves it. She's married to a wonderful, handsome young attorney and they have a beautiful home and a lovely life: finally! I'm so happy for her and my granddaughter, Megan and that Toonie, the cat is still with them and has his own bed of catnip!
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2005
1:58 AM

Post #1637617

Sounds like she is doing amazingly well! Maybe one day I will marry again; a handsome young attorney would be very nice!! [I dropped out of law school after 7 months of very little sleep and tons of studying while continuing to work full time and being a single mother, March 15th this yr.] ~ Suzi ♥ :)
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

July 21, 2005
2:07 AM

Post #1637648

What an awesome tour! Thank you so much for allowing us to see your peaceful gardens.
:) Donna
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
2:10 AM

Post #1637659

Debi - I'm thrilled you liked them so much! Petal's leg broke off and to remind me to be gentle with that leg I put a bandaid on it. That always reminds me of the pictures my mother would take of me, with a vase of flowers she'd give me, for my birthday. I always had a bandage on my knee. Now I just get physical therapy from gardening way too vigorously!

Tell me which picture has the "tree in the middle with the dark leaves" and I'll try to identify it for you. If it's with Jack and the guests near the vegetable garden (8:31 was the time on the post I think you might be referring to) you probably see our former neighbor, Dorothy Robohm's copper beech tree. She just turned 97 but she and her hubby, Bud, were the two town doctors from 1951 to 1975 when they retired: what a great couple!

The visions is the hardest part. I can envision what I want, pull out, plant and say, "Oh no" but then do it over and it works out. It does take years to have it finalized, section by section.

We appreciate all your kind words and thoughts.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 21, 2005
2:23 AM

Post #1637697

it's the picture taken at 8:27. i just love that shot. an ace bandage has replaced my band-aids of childhood. has anybody seen that moon tonight? its worth getting away from the computer. debi
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
2:32 AM

Post #1637734

That is the copper beech I mentioned. I got up to see the very bright moon and Jack and I started singing, "Deep in the heart of Texas" with the clap clap clap and the dogs started barking...Goodnight all!
Jazzpunkin
Springfield, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
1:50 PM

Post #1638576

What a lovely Garden! I could spend hours wandering around and looking at all the flowers. I love the little nooks and crannies with seating. I love discovering little things as you go through a garden. Looks like you have it all. (I can't even begin to start discussing the plants.. they are just lovely and so well put together!)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
2:42 PM

Post #1638673

Thanks Laura! In fact, we do spend hours wandering around, especially in the early morning light. It's so fresh and pretty then before the sun goes on it's rampage and starts beating up the daylilies. We picked over 3,000 deadheads this morning (but we hadn't done it for the previous two very humid days!) and now it's time to dig up daylilies for a neighbor. So glad it's on the shady side of the house right now!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
4:37 PM

Post #1638926

Love it love it love it just perfect!!! Mitch
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
5:21 PM

Post #1639064

When the batteries for the camera recharge I'll add photos of the compost bins for you, Mitch. Hope you liked the statue for the gnomes but I fear the invasion of more and more pigs!!!!!!!!!
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2005
7:15 PM

Post #1639271

Oh, pirl--the whole thing is stunning! I'm so glad you mentioned this thread in the perennials forum; I would never have known it was here. I love all the personal touches--little things to discover, beautiful sculptures, and that dynamite obelisk. You surely did find a "keeper" in Jack, and I imagine that he thinks the same about you. My father used to hybridize daylilies on a very small scale, and I have one of his in my garden--a beautiful red. He died in 1987, but I figure he's watching me from somewhere to be sure I take proper care of that plant!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
8:26 PM

Post #1639447

kneff - that's so nice to hear, about your dad's hybridizing and the plant you have!

From one of our crosses I ended up with just two seeds. They are almost identical except one is rounder and one is more wide open. Since I look just like my mother, my reaction on seeing them flower was "Mom" and "Me". I'll take a photo so you can see and if you ever want a Mom and a Me to go along with Dad I can send them to you.

Thanks for the compliments on Jack's obelisk! He worked long and hard and it came out exactly like the picture I had in my mind. We're both very happy, thank God, and intend on celebrating many more happy days and happy anniversaries together. He is my dream.

Arlene
sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

July 21, 2005
10:34 PM

Post #1639683

Pirl - I just found this - what a fantastic tour of your gardens! Well done!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 21, 2005
11:59 PM

Post #1639863

Thanks! We enjoy gardening, as you might have guessed.
levilyla
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
12:11 AM

Post #1639904

Thanks for the invitation to your garden tour...it is absolutely fabulous!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
12:18 AM

Post #1639916

Thanks levilyla and here's a close up of the ventusa hosta, on each side of the cast iron piece we bought on Cape Cod, in June. I just love it and thank you for sharing it with my secret trader along with all of the other plants that you shared and that now live, happily, with us.

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MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
12:38 AM

Post #1639936

Dont you just love cast iron?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
1:19 AM

Post #1640031

Can't get enough of it. We love going to New Orleans, Coglan's or Coghlan's Gallery. Walls of cast iron and pots and wall decor - it's so fabulous. I've also picked up pieces along the way. Actually picked up two posts from an old cast iron fence here in Southold, from a long lost homestead. I'm sure they date back to the 1600's or 1700's.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 22, 2005
2:28 AM

Post #1640226

Arlene and Jack, I'm almost speechless. This has been an overwhelming pictorial tour, starting with your extraordinarily inviting courtyard. Your daylily beds are incredible, your container plants are perfect, and your combinations of colors and textures are inspired and inspiring. Even the vegetable garden is beautiful, and as you know, Arlene, I think vegetables are usually a total waste of garden space.

All of your garden art, ranging from the sublime to pure whimsy, is fabulous. I think 75154's suggestion of a St. Peter statue is apt: entrance to heaven and all that. Thanks for giving me this most enjoyable tour.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
2:32 AM

Post #1640238

Zuzu - you get it!!! To good to true... now to get back to my compost - to dark oh well off to bed early...
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2005
2:35 AM

Post #1640246

Arlene, I love reading all the compliments about yours and Jacks wonderful gardens. Hopefully someday I will see them in person, and get to sit there with you and Jack, until then I will see them through the wonderful pictures you share.
Thanks so very much my friend :)

Janis
Debsroots
Northwest, MO
(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2005
2:52 AM

Post #1640282

Arlene and Jack;
My heart and soul have been warmed by the generous sharing of your photos and expressive thoughts. What a pleasure it is to get to know people like you on Dave's Garden. I feel I have been truely blessed.

Deb
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2005
3:29 AM

Post #1641068

Arlene, I'd love pieces of Mom and Me. I need to dig and move Dad--the area it's planted in has become too shady over the years and I'd be happy to send you some of it. It's a nice red in the more traditional thinner petaled style (I'm sure there's some botanical term for this, but I don't know it). I'm going to remove some of those !#%!*! rudbeckia that are hogging the few sunny spots in our yard and give Dad a happier home.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
10:59 AM

Post #1641421

Zuzu, 75154, Woofens and Deb - WOW! You all made it worthwhile to wake up this morning. Such great words for us and our gardens. I truly doubt we'd be able to ever do it again so it doubles the pleasure and I thank you all.

Kneff - Can I ask your real name? Sure, you can have a piece of Mom and a piece of me. Now, if that doesn't sound wild and crazy then what does? I'll take more pictures and even post them here but first we're off to deadhead some more. I've been up an hour and out there but needed that cup of coffee.

I also spotted a !%*# Rudbeckia - a seedling from '92 that has survived. Must rip it out before it seeds. Sometimes we all wonder why we ever planted certain plants! Yet, I love it's cousin, Echniacea that Jack grew from seed and we have all over now!

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sybiltwo
Excelsior, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 22, 2005
11:08 AM

Post #1641434

Pirl: Absolutely fabulous gardens! I am stunned, slack-jawed, and drooling! I need a bib...
dbibb
Inverness, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 22, 2005
12:11 PM

Post #1641492

Arlene, Thank you for inviting me to come over and take a peek. I am just stunned. Everything is just sooo beautiful. I don't even have the words to tell you what I think. I truly enjoyed the virtual tour. I wish I could have been there in person. I know I would have had a ball.

I know you and Jack have put in a lot of hours and hard work to get it looking like it does. Excellent Job!!! (the teacher coming out...sorry)

OH Yeah!! I want a yard just like yours!!!!

Dee:)
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2005
12:21 PM

Post #1641510

Arlene and Jack, absolutely beautiful (and no flopping). What a pleasure, and a lot of hard work it must be to have a garden so beautiful. Do just the two of you care for it? I'm glad to see that you really enjoy the gardens also. Lots of times with as much area as you have, people get overwhelmed and it becomes more of a chore. You sound like the type to kick back and smell the roses (and beautiful roses they are!). Thanks for the tour. Polly
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
2:43 PM

Post #1641778

Sybiltoo: well you get my big laugh of the morning - "a bib"!!! Along with stunned and slackjawed: I'm thrilled you like them so much! I took an awful lot of photos today of our own hybrids and will post them when my energy returns: December or January!!! LOL

Actually I have to see them all first, then I'll post as soon as I can. Look for the thread, under Daylilies, Pirl's passion: Daylilies.

Dbibb - you're such a nice person! Your plants are now part of our gardens, thank you for the extra special, wonderful plants you sent! We appreciate all your wonderful remarks: yes we do work hard and yes it is worth it. Today I was up at 5:42 to go out and start deadheading, while waiting for the coffee to brew. Then Jack and I attacked and we're still around 1300 a day. Then he was busy digging out Swirling Butterfly bushes (huge!) for our neighbor, Valerie, who also received 12 daylilies last night and if my strength holds out, 48 more in the next few days. We need the space to move some of ours: they're just too tight! Now we're finally in but not before I cleared Butterfly branches, choke cherry tree branches and hosta flowers that had cut off our path in the back, under the old Colorado Spruces. Jack bombed the bee nest last night so I can work in the shade moving out more plants for Valerie.

Pollyk: so glad you joined the garden tour. The work is kind of difficult now due to the increases in the daylilies. After we give away half (LOL) it will be much easier. As far as help goes, we have each other, that's it. No hired help! That phrase always reminds me of my favorite epithet - I did have to change a few words to make it fit my situation:

Here lies a woman who died very tired
She loved her garden
Where help was not hired!

Thanks
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2005
3:19 PM

Post #1641838

Arlene, my kids help with other folks yards, for summer cash. You could look at it from the stand point of helping kids have a job and staying out of trouble. Your yard is extensive!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
3:57 PM

Post #1641921

Teresa: many kids sleep 'til noon - like my granddaughter who'll be 14 next week, 7/28, the day before I turn sweet sixteen for the 4th time!

Our neighborhood has very few children, mostly retired people. The kids we do have are either 3 or 4 or older teenagers with jobs. It's not the gardening that gets to us but the heat and humidity. Every year we go through this and by September, when we're eating fresh tomatoes, we forget about the heat and deadheading, and just enjoy them!

Thanks for the good thought!
GingerGaia
West Monroe, LA
(Zone 8a)

July 22, 2005
5:07 PM

Post #1642065

Wow! Wow! Wow! I really enjoyed the tour and you gave me ides for when my flower society comes to tour my garden next spring. I Have lots of "fairy" statues of all sizes through my acre gardens, when Kids come to visit with thier parents I let them have a hunt for the fairyies-counting to see if they can find them all. They just love it & say the funniest things in thier hunt.Maybe adults would enjoy it also with prize incentives. I saw new ways I want to use my daylilies when I divide them this fall. Thanks for the tour.
Ginger

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 22, 2005
7:25 PM

Post #1642309

Absolutely mind boggling and drop dead gorgeous!!! Wow!! Thanks for the tour, the spectacular color arrangements, the lovely little nooks and crannies, the lush beds of lilies...I'll have to take a second tour to absorb it all. Your efforts have really paid off, I hope that ours will, and I am so grateful that my DH is so willing to dig and fertilize and water and drag home tons of mulch and dirt so that some day our gardens will look almost like yours. I am steeped in envy at the hydrangea, ours keep freezing out, and love the blue hosta. Sigh. Too too fabulous!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
9:29 PM

Post #1642543

Ginger and meezersfive: Thank you for your wonderful to read words of praise!

Actually nothing anyone could say today could be more thrilling than the nod of my daughter's head when she came over. She just said "Well?" and I said "Charlie?" and she said "Yes" and I cried and cried and cried. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WILL BE HAVING THEIR FIRST BABY ON MARCH 21, 2006 - THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!

I'm so thrilled. She's been through so many difficult years and deserves every good thing life can offer. She's beautiful, talented, kind and a great mother to Megan, almost 14, and Toonie the cat.

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, the "Charlie" part is because I knew they were trying and once in a while, when she'd say "Guess what?" I'd say "Charlie?" - meaning a baby and now the dream is coming true even if they name "Charlie"
Martha!
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2005
9:42 PM

Post #1642569

CONGRATULATIONS!!! ~ Suzi ♥ :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2005
9:47 PM

Post #1642578

I'm still crying. Every time I say "Charlie" I start crying again. Thanks, Suzi!
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2005
11:09 PM

Post #1642727

You'll have Dmail shortly :)

I am so happy for you congratulations :)

Hugs Hugs for all, and prayers for an easy pregnancy and very healthy Charlie or Martha LOL

Janis
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:14 AM

Post #1642952

I wonder if it could be Charlie and Martha!
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2005
1:35 AM

Post #1643100

LOL my sis has Justin and Jacklynn, December 23 2004 :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:38 AM

Post #1643102

Wow! What a terrific Christmas present they gave each other! You sent me a photo of your hubby and Justin, right?
Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2005
1:39 AM

Post #1643105

yea got one of Jackie somewhere I'll Dmail it to you :)
The twins were 35 weeks 6 days when they were born (after 24 WEEKS of bedrest) and came home at 12 noon on Christmas day :)
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2005
2:16 AM

Post #1643171

Pirl,
I read about your tour in another thread so I searched and found this thread.
I am VERY happy I did :-)
Have to admit I spent almost 1 hour ,reading,dreaming and looking at your stunning gardens.Your gardentour was so well planned ,so extremely organized that everything must have been a sheer pleasure to see !

Your daylilies are breathtaking mixed with other perrennials,not to mention the beautiful roses,your husbands
obelisk and so many other things that caught my attention.Wish I could have been there.
Well deserved Congratulations on beeing choosen .Thank you for your tour,it was a pleasure :-)
Brigitte
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2005
3:16 AM

Post #1643292

Wow, Arlene. Talk about crowning touches: First the grand success of your gardening efforts this year, and now a grandchild (or grandchildren in the case of twins). So happy for you and Jack.
maggiemoo
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2005
3:43 AM

Post #1643346

Arlene, really outstanding! (And you've certainly come a long way for someone who wasn't sure how to post pictures, congrats!) Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I wish I could see it in person!
sanannie
White Lake, ON
(Zone 4b)

July 23, 2005
3:52 AM

Post #1643352

Beautiful...just beautiful.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

July 23, 2005
5:20 AM

Post #1643472

What a beautiful Garden you have. I can see much love and hard work has been done. I would love being able to take a tour in person. I feel with all your wonderful photos that I have in some ways. Thanks so much for sharing your garden.
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2005
5:45 AM

Post #1643499

Congratulations, Arlene, on the new grandchild-to-be! Both of our daughters-in-law are expecting baby girls (but only one each!) in October, so I know how pleased you must be. Right now they each have a two-year-old, so all the cousins will be close in age. The only sad part is that they live in Denver and Park City, and we are in Michigan, so getting to see them often enough is difficult.

Went to the nursery today to get some painted ferns--just can't seem to get that dry shade garden right--and came back with the weekend's work in my van. I don't know how you manage to deadhead so many daylilies. I only have about 30 and can't keep up.

Kay
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

July 23, 2005
9:44 AM

Post #1643619

Pirl,

Finally found the pics of your garden. I kept hearing about the tour but somehow didn't know where "it" was. Absolutely STUNNING garden. I can't imagine the time it takes to keep it up, but 'keep it up'!

Congratulations, Chopd
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:19 AM

Post #1643639

Brigitte - thanks for dreaming of the gardens while you took a virtual tour! The lady who helped me, in the store, with the brick boxes is named Brigitte. She taught German, in a nearby town (my daughter lives there) for over 20 years. What a sweetie. I'll see if I have her photo so you can meet the other Brigitte who made our gardens even sweeter.

Here we are: Brigitte and I.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:23 AM

Post #1643640

Zuzu - thanks for the happy thoughts. I'm still crying tears of joy for them. So very happy! Jack's happy for them, too. He really loves my Kathleen and refers to her at parties and get togethers as "our daughter". I'm happy to share her with him! How lucky can I get?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:27 AM

Post #1643642

LaLambChop: we both spend about four hours a day, now, on them - most of that is deadheading right now. I should go out for just four hours on the rose garden. The weeds have sprouted and the Japanese Beetles have really attacked the roses! I'd rather cut off every bud then to see the damage they do. They'll recover and be beautiful again. Thank you for joining the tour and for your "stunning" and appreciated words of praise.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:31 AM

Post #1643645

maggiemoo - anytime you happen to be here in June or July just come on over! Our gardens really are always open to anyone who stops by to see them.

The posting of photos is like second nature to me now: LOL

Always happy to share our gardens and our plants with others.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:32 AM

Post #1643647

sanannie - thank you so much!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:35 AM

Post #1643650

GardenGuyKin: The welcome sign is always out so if you're ever out east come and visit. Most of the hard work, digging of gardens, brick path through the vegetable garden, removal of trees, is over now. We do it all ourselves: no hired help. We enjoy being outside, especially after this last winter with the endless snow covering!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
10:40 AM

Post #1643653

Kneff: babies are such joys! Congratulations on your big October to come. Now, with computers and digitals you can be kept up to date on the grandchildren's progress.

My daughter lost her father on July 3rd and he never even knew she was pregnant because she didn't know then. It's been a month of highs and lows for her.

She and her husband gave us two of the nicest compliments we've ever had on our gardens. One time she said to me, "You garden in bouquets". Her DH, Tony, said to Kathy, when I was in earshot, "Do they ever DO anything else?"

It's a neighborhood of big parties, for all occasions, picnics, dinners, etc. We never give up a vacation for our gardens, just schedule them around the blooms and crops!
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2005
11:00 AM

Post #1643674

Pirl,
Good morning :-) You are probably out in your lovely garden by now .I don't blame you a bit.It is a piece of heaven you and your husband have created.

Thank you for posting the picture of the other Brigitte.Please tell her hello for me.I also used to teach german for almost 6 years,but I taught it to american US Army soldiers in Germany,from Private to General.

Then I want to extend Congratulations to you for having a new grandchild/grandchildren.You sound extremely happy about that :-)
Our daughter-in-law is due on the 14th august..grandchild # 8.We are all looking forward to it.Since the humidity has been terribly in this part of country as well we both have been working on a quilt.Amelia on a baby quilt and I am working on a 41st wedding anniversary quilt for myself..hahaha

Happy gardening,
Brigitte
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
11:21 AM

Post #1643691

Brigitte - I'll even print out this page for the Brigitte at the nursery and she'll be thrilled and excited over it when I give it to her.

She taught for over 20 years in the Mattituck school and took the students to Germany to live for two weeks in other students homes. Then she had those students come to America to live and go to school. She was awarded a medal by the Mayor of Berlin for her outstanding work and received awards here. It was pure joy to meet her and I was thrilled she could get the day off to come join our tour.

I'll tell her about you first, and then give her a copy of this thread.
Thanks for writing, Brigitte, and sharing your story, too!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
11:22 AM

Post #1643693

I promised Mitch, 75154, that I'd post photos of the compost bins.

These are the first three that Jack built in '92.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
11:25 AM

Post #1643694

Then the last three that he built about six years ago. The black bags are filled with grass to be mixed with the household waste, leaves, etc. The pile at the right is for "chipping days".

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
11:34 AM

Post #1643701

This is the first of the old bins and it was empty when we started our deadheading. There are a few heads of bolted lettuce and the weeds Jack removed from the asparagus garden but the rest is just deadheads! So far we've taken 14,682 deadheads since July 7th. Our biggest day, biggest backaches, was 1,614 on the 17th, which means the "Peak Bloom Day" was July 16th.

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soozer
Safety Harbor, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2005
12:11 PM

Post #1643752

pirl --

Thanks for the heads up about your garden tour. It is a Tour de Force! What an inspiration!

Sue
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
12:24 PM

Post #1643773

A "Tour de Force"! Wow! Thanks, soozer. What a terrific compliment!

Aside from printing out this entire thread to keep with our souveniers, as I really doubt if we'll be able to do another tour at our ages in seven years from now, I have to make a list of some of these soul satisfying compliments! I'm so impressed that so many of you have such great things to say and express your thoughts so well. I'm really touched by it all! You're all welcome to visit if you ever come out this way.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2005
12:54 PM

Post #1643796

Well Miss Arlene... I'd say the original PIRL from Albemarle did good by you!

Enchanting gardens... loved every stroll!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:04 PM

Post #1643814

Oh Darius: thanks for the PIRL reference. She was my gardening angel before they ever became popular. When my husband first met her he said she was straight out of "Gone With the Wind". She never lost her sweet southern accent or her youthful giggle. She really was the real PIRL and I'm not ashamed to say that I'm just an imitation.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:21 PM

Post #1643848

A few of our hybrids.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:23 PM

Post #1643851

All squished in: I told you we're tight on space!!!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:24 PM

Post #1643852

A group of pinks - Dancing Shiva was the mother.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:24 PM

Post #1643854

A bright light!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:26 PM

Post #1643858

Wide eyed! Malaysian Monarch was a parent.

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Woofens
Dillonvale, OH
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2005
1:29 PM

Post #1643863

Morning Grandma :) Purty flowers ya got there.

Me
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:29 PM

Post #1643864

Could be one we named 'Angel's Landing' for Zion's famous one where my daughter was married. Please understand we name the plants in our garden for our own pleasure and have not registered any with AHS.

Edited to say it definitely is our 'Angel's Landing'.

This message was edited Jul 23, 2005 9:52 AM

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:30 PM

Post #1643865

'Group Hug'

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:32 PM

Post #1643866

The mother of the group closest to the vegetable garden gate is 'Chamonix'. It's very similar to the mother and quite a delight.

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ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:32 PM

Post #1643867

Beautiful seedlings, Arlene! Especially the last one. Awesome!

NancyAnn
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:34 PM

Post #1643870

Surprise! Who could have expected it from a yellow mother and an almost white father?

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:36 PM

Post #1643872

I like this soft color.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:37 PM

Post #1643874

'Especially Precious' - named by request for a sweet friend, Kathy, from St. Louis.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:38 PM

Post #1643876

Looking for escape?

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:40 PM

Post #1643877

Hangin' out.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:41 PM

Post #1643879

Great with a friend...

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:42 PM

Post #1643880

and great by itself!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:43 PM

Post #1643882

Good morning to you, too!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:45 PM

Post #1643883

In the early morning light at the dogwood.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:47 PM

Post #1643887

Close up!

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(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:48 PM

Post #1643889

Two for tea: Kaleem and Samina, his wife!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:50 PM

Post #1643891

All alone.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
1:51 PM

Post #1643892

Time for a coffee break!

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soozer
Safety Harbor, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2005
1:55 PM

Post #1643902

You more than deserve it, pirl!
dmcdevitt
Schroon Lake, NY
(Zone 4a)

July 23, 2005
2:03 PM

Post #1643909

Wow again !
Dancing Shiva has wonderful kids! I'm going crazy trying to keep up with all your gardens AND work on my own...Now I need to go out and try to hybridize! (not really, I have a lot to learn (and buy) before I start my own experiments.)
But I think I like best the yellow+white=ruflled rose with gold throat! nothing I ever learned in art school!!
Angel's Landing would be a perfect name for that DL. What heirlooms for your grandkidS (!)
I bought :
DL Renee for my (now 14 year old) daughter
DL Rose Emily for my now 18 year old (although the name Emily has become popular so she will probably have a whole garden of namesakes!!)
Siberian Iris Steve for my son Stephen.

I figured if anything happened to me they'd have their namesakes as legacy. I also worried they might resent my gardens since I spent so much time in them! But they like "their" flowers.

Wouldn't it be fun to have your family tree and life events commemorated by daylilies?
PIRL and the stories connected to it are a wonderful start.

If you register some, we need a guidebook of the related stories to keep on our coffeetables!

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2005
2:17 PM

Post #1643929

Daylilies ...and all are so beautiful ...pretty colors . How you have collected all the species? And when did you start collecting daylilies?
Kaleem

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2005
2:20 PM

Post #1643936

Daylilies ... for me and my wife...???? thank you so much. these are so beautiful.
Kaleem
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
2:23 PM

Post #1643942

Can you ever collect all of the species? There is just a few million right?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
2:33 PM

Post #1643960

Soozer: I have to buy one of those things that keep coffee hot - mine is cold already! I thought maybe I bored you to sleep and you needed coffee, too!

dmc - I like having plants with a person's name as part of them. It just adds that personal note. Actually we have very few named. I'd never be able to memorize 1,000 during one summer! Your comment about a guidebook to keep track of the stories is a gem. I won't forget it and I thank you for writing it.

Kaleem, maray dost: what can I say? You are so good to me, sending me such a beautiful card with your beautiful handwriting, the wonderful Pakistani music and the gorgeous earrings. You are a sweetie!

picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2005
4:29 PM

Post #1644160

Arlene...thank you for the invite to visit your garden tour here at DG's...I have had the most fantastic time with my morning coffee! Your gardens are just beautiful. I love the curved beds and the lawn walks and the way you arranged your beds! You have inspired me to make some changes! And yes, the little statues too. I have mine sitting in my office...they need to go out in the garden.

I am sitting here with tears of joy in my eyes for you...for yours and your families happiness over a new baby/ies !!! Babies are one of lifes greatest blessings...You and your family have been blessed!

I think I told you once before that I am also from LI...now in CA. I plan to be there in the next month or two to help my Mom move to NC.

I wish you and yours lifes greatest blessings!

Margie
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
4:35 PM

Post #1644176

Margie - thank you for all the nice things you wrote! Most of the gardens evolved from Jack not enjoying the mowing because of too much reverse, forward, reverse, etc. So I told him to just ("just") cut them out and we'd make gardens. Found out the hard way that there's a big difference between making them and maintaining them!

Where on Long Island does your mom live?
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2005
4:40 PM

Post #1644188

Arlene...My mom lives in Manorville. Actually she is just attempting to sell her house there. She plans to move to NC to be closer to my youngest sister and her family. I also have a brother in Sayville and sister in Babylon!

You are so fortunate your husband shares your love of gardening...

I know what you mean about maintaining a garden...it takes alot of time!

Happy_1

Happy_1
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(Zone 10b)

July 23, 2005
4:48 PM

Post #1644201

Thanks for the link, Arlene...really enjoyed it.

Hap
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
4:52 PM

Post #1644213

Margie - IF you have the time and want to travel out another 45 minutes we'd love to meet you and our flowers would love to meet you, too!

Hap - Thank YOU for visiting.
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 23, 2005
5:13 PM

Post #1644249

I loved taking a break and looking at your daylilies. I would like to make a curved bed along my yard now. Thanks for inspiring me. I have several that need dividing this fall, so that is the perfect thing to do with them.
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2005
5:31 PM

Post #1644297

Arlene,
Love all of your DL seedlings but I am REALLY partial to Malaysian Monarch offspring ,
Brigitte
judycooksey
Pocahontas, TN
(Zone 7b)

July 23, 2005
5:36 PM

Post #1644310

Lord Have Mercy!! If I woke up in your garden, I would think I had died and gone to Heaven!!

The only thing better than your garden, is the fact that you are such a nice lady.

Thank you for taking the time to create this thread.

Judy

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
6:01 PM

Post #1644339

Judy - what a nice thing to say. How sweet of you. You made me laugh, which is good. I've been crying tears of joy since yesterday and people now tease me in Dmails and say "Charlie" and I cry all over again! I loved the Lord have Mercy part and the rest of it: one of our top five compliments! Thanks so much.

Brigitte - thanks! We think they're beautiful. Was it the lavender with the yellow eye that you liked?

Teresa - long ago I read that a long slow curve creates mystery and guests wonder, "What's around the bend?". I love the way the curves photograph. The real PIRL only had body curves, no garden curves: very straight lines but, then, it was designed by her late husband!
He was a very nice guy from everything I've heard but he was gone before we moved to the English Tudor.

Thanks for giving me credit but you're the one who has to do the work!

Jazzpunkin
Springfield, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2005
6:46 PM

Post #1644407

Arlene.. wow.. such beautifult daylilies. I was going down thinking I like that one and that one oohh and that one is just gorgeous,.oh and that one.. my oh my any one of them would do a gardener proud. just beautiful..
soozer
Safety Harbor, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 23, 2005
6:47 PM

Post #1644409

pirl - Had another cup and had to get gardening while it was still 'cool'. We're done for the day. Since seeing all your photos and reading the long thread (elsewhere in DG) about invasives...am rethinking planting vines etc. just to fill all the empty space I have. It's worth the wait to plant things that are always welcome in the garden. :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
6:47 PM

Post #1644412

The problem is that I never registered them and many/most folks only want named daylilies. I still thank you for the compliments. We love them and how could I select just five to register and hurt the feelings of the others?
Jazzpunkin
Springfield, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2005
6:52 PM

Post #1644423

I have two unnamed varieties in my garden (Not counting the large doubles that were all over the place when we moved in). One was purchased unnamed by my parents and they named it "My Linda" after my mother and the other just lost the tag and so Mom called it "Damasque" Because of it's lovely creamy color and texture. I don't hybridize so the look of the flower is the important part.. and I can call it what I want..LOL.. I am being careful to keep tags on my daylilies though.. Those and my brugs. Maybe it's because I am becoming more serious about gardening. Your garden is so inspiring.. lovely lovely lovely

This message was edited Jul 23, 2005 2:53 PM
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
7:04 PM

Post #1644452

You might want to check your Dmail!
Jazzpunkin
Springfield, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2005
7:18 PM

Post #1644488

I did I did.. looking looking :)
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2005
8:50 PM

Post #1644656

Yes Arlene,
it was the lavender/purple one you posted this morning at 9.26 am.
I am partial to any lavender/purple or amethyst colored ones because my births stone is amethyst for Pisces.

I just had a cup of coffee and looked thru your pictures once again ...what a feast for the eyes :-)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2005
8:57 PM

Post #1644666

Oh that one! The one we have two extra fans of! Lucky you. I'll go out and mark it now and ship it when it's done blooming and humidity is way down or early some day.
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 23, 2005
10:28 PM

Post #1644808

Arlene,
a SURPRISE it was when I read your PM.How can you ?
I am totally stunned at your generosity ,kind of speechless at this moment .
I was admiring your gardens and DL and when I was dabbing this afternoon I was just hoping to ever get something so very pretty as some of yours.
I will be honored to have them in my garden and will give them a good home :-)
Thank you so much in advance...you have mail,
Brigitte
soozer
Safety Harbor, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 24, 2005
9:58 AM

Post #1645758

I guess I'm really missing the boat here by not trying what you and Brigitte..."I was dabbing this afternoon"... are doing -- making your own varieties. And not an invasive among them! There must be visual step-by-step info on that somewhere. So you begin with a few favorite flowers...and the rest is history...all around your yard. Messing with Mother Nature can be a good thing. lol Arlene, no wonder this event is only every 7 years. You need plenty of time to put that rainbow garden together. Wow!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
12:09 PM

Post #1645835

Thanks soozer. If you really want to do it (beware as it is habit forming and a hard habit to break) just let me know and I'll give you the best of what I've learned. Some information is way too involved and it's so boring to read through thirty pages of single line type, with no photos, just to understand the basics.

Actually if you check RikerBear's post (under Garden Talk) of "I found a rainbow in my garden" (think it was late June), you'll see a rainbow he made of flowers, on a photo program. It inspired me so much that I'd love to make one of daylilies and dahlias.

Thanks for joining the tour and your "Wow": I know how I feel when I say it!
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2005
2:36 PM

Post #1646070

soozer,
YES that is exactly what I am trying to do ...going from one DL to the next dreaming about some MASTERPIECE hahaha...no just kidding.
I am new at this so someelse can probably explain it properly to you.

Arlene,what is the information you have ? would you please share it ? looked this morning,some of mine didn't take and only a couple did.Startet a few days ago.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
3:20 PM

Post #1646178

I'll send you the same information I sent to soozer earlier: it's the exchange between 75154 (Mitch, an inner city, Dallas, school teacher in Texas) and myself. Just Dmail me with any questions.
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2005
3:40 PM

Post #1646234

Arlene...Thank you for the invite to meet you & your DH and your garden. I would love to! I will see if time allows when I am there. Right now there is no definite date set and I may even be past bloom season...althought that would be for the plants...I am sure you & DH would still be in bloom!!!

Please D mail me with your address and phone no.

Thanks, Margie

BTW...How far are you from the Hamptons and Bob Schwartz the hybridizers garden? I think it is fairly close...but have forgotten. I have been gone from LI for 30 + years, except for family visits !
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
4:20 PM

Post #1646301

We've never heard of the hybridizer you mentioned. We knew Trimmer who has since relocated to Florida.

We're 40 minutes from "the Hamptons", thank heavens. Their traffic is terrible. Here, if we have to wait for five cars to pass we call it "rush hour traffic".
picturelady
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 24, 2005
4:40 PM

Post #1646347

Arlene...He does some great daylilies like "Alone with Maude"...here is a link

http://daylily.net/bobandmimi/seedlings/alonewithmaud.htm

Have fun looking! I met him at a convention...
Posie4U
Mansfield, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 24, 2005
6:08 PM

Post #1646547

Arlene and Jack,

What works of love and beauty you have created by you both. While reviewing the awesome gardens, I could not help but recollect this saying:

Live each day as if it were your last,
Garden as if you will live forever.
Author Unkown

It appears that you both live by that creed.

The pictures are so vibrant, I could actually feel the soft grass tickling the bottom of my bare feet, and smell the lovely clean but fragrant air.

Thank you so very much for sharing your loveliness.

Adeline
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
6:27 PM

Post #1646576

Adeline,

You are very generous with your praise and we love every word you wrote. How nice of you to add that beautiful quote!

I just posted the pictures that Fuji took of God's creations. Thank you so much for visiting: it was our pleasure to have you join the garden tour of 2005.

Arlene
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
6:30 PM

Post #1646581

Hi Margie/picturelady!

Thanks for the link. I absolutely cannot bear to look until tomorrow! My neighbor is coming over with her gardener and after they leave I should have 80 bare spots so I can move daylilies around. Then I can look at the photos when I see what space I have left. Thanks for sending the link.

Arlene
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
7:23 PM

Post #1646699

Pirl - you are teaching a whole bunch of us it looks like - thanks for all your hard work! Mitch
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2005
7:35 PM

Post #1646720

Pirl - could you send me the info too... it sure sounds interesting... Thanks! ~ Suzi ♥
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2005
8:03 PM

Post #1646771

Suzi,

It's just the information I sent Mitch/75154 but when I sent it to soozer she replied she couldn't get through it without the photos and they didn't come through.

See how you feel about it. I'll send it now.

Arlene
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 25, 2005
12:16 AM

Post #1647208

Hello Arlene,
Thank you so very much for sending it to me ,but I do not have any pictures either,
Brigitte
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2005
12:22 AM

Post #1647218

Hi Brigitte,

I'll send you the thread from June 3rd about hybridizing.

Arlene
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2005
12:24 AM

Post #1647223

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/517135/

If that doesn't work Dmail me.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2005
9:59 PM

Post #1649265

yep!
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

July 25, 2005
10:24 PM

Post #1649320

Thank you Arlene,
really appreciate it :-)
Have not had enough time to read it though.Been trying to print some information also.
MudGirl
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 25, 2005
10:39 PM

Post #1649367

Your gardens are simply beautiful. It looks like a peaceful and joyful place.

And the wonderful news of your daughter and husband's pregnancy is fabulous.
Wooo-hoo! Maybe start buying a box of tissue every time you visit the store--all that crying will start again once you have that baby in your arms...

Thank you for taking the time to enter all the photos to share, plus all the comments--it really does flow like a walking tour. I especially liked the blue moon connection...clematis, hosta, and your wedding.

Your love of gardening and and dedication to 'community' is evident!

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2005
11:55 PM

Post #1649504

Thank you so much and thank you for mentioning the blue moon connection, too!

Now I can say "Charlie" without crying but I'm sure you're right and when that baby is placed in my arms I really have to have tissues ready!
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2005
6:04 PM

Post #1651240

pirl, i'm so glad I got to see your gardens. so many thoughts are conjured in my mind, all good! all of the above pix suggest one theme: love in its many, many forms, overt and subtle. thanks for sharing.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 26, 2005
6:13 PM

Post #1651294

Thanks vossner! Love all your effusive wording - makes me feel it's pretty special, too.
kingedking
Inverness, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2005
6:30 PM

Post #1653676

Absolutely Beautiful and filled with love. What more can be said? Ed
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 27, 2005
7:24 PM

Post #1653830

Hi Ed. Thanks for the lovely comments. It's actually filled with love, ambition, compost and more compost. Anxious now for the first real big tomatoes. We already have the sweet 100's coming in an a hornworm that neither of us can locate, day or early evening!
TuddyE
Georgetown, KY
(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2005
5:46 PM

Post #1656098

Arlene, if I may call you that since we only met a short time ago-pirl, if you prefer...I give your gardens standing ovations! What a marvelous display of devotion and love of nature. Although my lot is a little larger than yours, I will never be able to accomplish what you have with your magnificient displays, creativity, and hard work. I am supposed to be finishing dinner, but have sat at the computer, entranced with the beauty you and your loving husband thrust before my eyes. I intend to bring my husband to the computer, as soon as he gets home, to show him all the wonderful possibilites that lay before us. I'd love to copy everything just as you have laid it out, but I know that not only is it cheating in some way, but it is totally impossible. I got your e-mail about your coming birthday, and please believe me when I say you do not look it, and with the amount of work the two of you apparently do, you must not feel it either. God bless you and the wonderful legacy you have created. It is a tribute not only to nature, but to two fantastic people who are leaving this world much better than when they got here [although, may it be many, many, many moons from now-full ones at that,before anyone considers going anywhere]. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed your lovely flowers; the great offspring of femme fatale, the Pauline Isabell Reid Loefter, the pinks, and the Beautiful. Hope I got that right, either way I loved them all. Thanks for the pleasures you have given us. Jackie
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2005
5:57 PM

Post #1656121

Jackie: reading your note was such pleasure. It's always nice to know that others like what they see. Pauline would have adored seeing her name in print! She had been the society editor of the local Albemarle, N.C. newspaper, before she married and came north to live.

I'm so touched that you're delaying dinner while taking the tour! That and the standing ovation are more than I could ask for!

Maybe another bonus about being outside so much is that we're not inside getting the house dirty! Less for me to clean.

I bent down to deadhead some Marguerite daisies about two hours ago and ended up cutting back lupine, iris, the daisies, removing spent scapes of daylilies, trimming one rose (after killing a mound of Japanese Beetles on the one remaining flower, tossing the wild vines of a clematis over the fence to let it cover the inside of the fence, cutting back digitalis, finding a weed 4' tall (not out yet), moving a monarda, cutting flowers for the table, etc. As long as we stay outside the work, and the enjoyment, never ends.

Jack and I hope we have many, many more blue moons together.

Thanks for your lovely thoughts and you can call me pirl/Arlene/Megan's grandma (she's 14 today) or Charlie's grandma (he's seven weeks on his way to being born).
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2005
4:09 PM

Post #1658291

Wow, your gardens are so beautiful pirl, and surely reflect the rewarding hard work that wen into them. Congratulations on a labour of love well done.
Christine
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2005
5:35 PM

Post #1658477

Thanks, Christine! It was accomplished over the course of three years. When I look back I wonder how we did it but it was in baby steps and now, just when I thought we were done, he's agreed to make one garden bigger: not much, but still bigger!
keyi
Yukon, OK
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2005
12:47 AM

Post #1661119

Arlene, what a perfectly lovely haven you and your DH have made. It is truely an inspiration for me and I am sure for others. The jogger lady certainly missed out when she hurried through. I think I could spend days wandering your garden and still want to see more (and probably still miss something). I love the curving paths and the mixture of color and form, quite the eye candy. Your Undine is lovely and the gnome home a hoot. Gonna make me one. Thank you for the cybertour. Blessings, mich
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2005
12:54 AM

Post #1661131

Mich: thanks for taking the garden tour. I just dismiss the ones who want to rush: it's their loss. This year I've really learned to appreciate the view of our gardens from my neighbor's yard. Quite a surprise when we were over there, working on her wild vines, I looked up and was thrilled with the view!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2005
2:42 AM

Post #1661352

Watch out for that, Arlene. I looked up at my garden from a neighbor's yard a few years ago, saw my silk mimosa tree from that new angle, and decided it was the best looking tree in the neighborhood. By the time I got home five minutes later, half of it was draped across the fish pond. I had tempted the fates and they punished my hubris by splitting my tree in half. LOL.

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2005
12:49 PM

Post #1661888

I am so sorry about your mimosa! What a horrifying sight it must have been.

Actually our own trees, except for the big line of Colorado Spruces, is mostly "inherited" landscaping. There are two old dying dogwoods and a dying maple. The tall one by the rear terrace is a swamp maple and grows much too fast. It does give us shade and that's what we needed.

Your note makes me happy that we never did invest in trees!
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

July 31, 2005
5:32 PM

Post #1662347

Arlene,

I just took another tour through your garden, and I think that it was even better than the first time. I shouldn't be spending any time on the computer as I have so much gardening to do. We had a terrible storm here a week ago and I have been busy cleaning up and trying not to worry about squished plants. Lost the top 2/3 of a great many huge trees. It just breaks my heart to see such majestic trees reduced to rubble. We must concentrate on the fact that the house was spared as well as garage, etc. Others were not so fortunate.

Back to the garden tour...what a delight to the eyes and an inspiration for us mere mortals. It is giving me so many ideas for areas of my own garden that I'm not thrilled with. Baby steps... Thank you for sharing with us. If I ever manage to make it out to your part of the country, I hope that you will allow me to become lost in your magical garden for at least part of a day.

Marie
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2005
5:37 PM

Post #1662351

Marie,

You're always welcome in our garden and also welcome to come and take the plants we'd like to find other homes for. I'm just not capable of moving everything. I got a kick out of a neighbor's son-in-law and his wife, who dug everything for themselves and our neighbor, and left at noon. They still had to squeeze in a BIG black lab and their luggage!

Thumbnail by pirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
1:48 AM

Post #1663063

Thank you so much for your invite to view your beautiful gardens! All your beds are devine, dramatic, with lovely Daylilies, Hydrangeas blossoms so heavy with flowers, Hostas and walkways manicured to perfection, Gnomes enjoying the splendor of lushness, garden art expertly placed in just the right spot and your gorgeous Clematis vining their way through the Roses, all show the love and attention that has gone into this magnificent garden! It is truly a "labor of love"!

Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
2:09 AM

Post #1663110

Thank you Shirley. We thrive on words such as yours. We do love our gardens but wish they weren't quite so good at growing so fast!

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


August 1, 2005
6:49 AM

Post #1663513

No wonder your grounds were picked again for the garden tour. They are truly spectacular. Thanks for such a grand tour. The only thing lacking was the taste of raspberry ice tea and of a homemade cookie.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
10:40 AM

Post #1663603

Hi kell,

I only remembered about the cookies at 11:45 and I turned on the oven! Between cookies baking, guests arriving, and more batches of cookies, it took the entire afternoon before all the cookies were baked! People did appreciate them and one even wrote a comment in our guest book!

Thanks for taking the tour: we enjoyed having you stroll along with us!
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2005
11:18 AM

Post #1663625

Raspberry tea is so good! What type of cookies did you bake?
I love to bake and my waistline show it.

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
11:23 AM

Post #1663631

Sugar cookies, that I wanted to decorate like flowers but realized at the moment that I wouldn't have the time and plain old chocolate chips that everyone jumped at. I think when they saw me with the cookie sheet and spatula they realized they had just come out of the oven, not out of a box!
bluegrassmom
Lewisburg, KY
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2005
11:34 AM

Post #1663643

Warm chocolate chip cookies, cannot be beaten in my book. I bet you were the favorite house on the garden tour! Flowers and warm cookies!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
11:40 AM

Post #1663650

Three of the eight homes did have some type of refreshment but I was the only one with cookies. The two skinniest people and the one heaviest woman (you can see her in the photos) had the most pleasure from them.

We finished them off with cocktails after the tour was over: something new for me (cookies and cocktails, not just cocktails)!
Jazzpunkin
Springfield, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2005
3:57 PM

Post #1664169

Hmm.. cookies and cocktails.. lol.. can't say I've done that before!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
7:01 PM

Post #1664595

As that character Mikey would have said: "Try it. You'll like it".

When you're tired and weary and exhausted it's divine!

Kell

Kell
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9b)


August 1, 2005
7:02 PM

Post #1664600

There is a certain ring to it. Cookies and cocktails! LOL A new fad you have started Pirl!!.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2005
7:03 PM

Post #1664608

Sure, leave it to me! Couldn't have started something healthy. Nooo.
Jazzpunkin
Springfield, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2005
1:13 AM

Post #1665340

well.. broccoli and cocktails just doesn't have the same panache does it?
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:15 AM

Post #1665346

worse - broccoli and prune juice...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:18 AM

Post #1665352

Do you know what they call Prune Juice and rum?



A rum runner.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:21 AM

Post #1665357

LOL!!! That is way to good ... ... ...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:22 AM

Post #1665363

Credit goes to Johnny Carson, about 1965.
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:24 AM

Post #1665366

See before my time - your credit to me!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:26 AM

Post #1665373

Your mother was just "late" having you!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:28 AM

Post #1665380

Seeing my mom was only 3 in 65 um...

(yes she had me very young)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:45 AM

Post #1665408

Fussy, fussy!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 2, 2005
1:48 AM

Post #1665419

Have to be GenX here - yep in the rule book somewhere I have been told... yep yep yep right?
LaLambchop
Chapin, SC
(Zone 7b)

September 27, 2005
12:36 AM

Post #1783496

R,

I can't believe it. I am so blown away by your gardens that I feel humbled to have been talking to easily with you these past few weeks. After seeing what you've done, I'd send you everything I have if I weren't doing so already. How fortunate your area is to have you and Jack.

I hope we will be garden friends for a long, long time. It will take me that long to learn to be half as good as you've proven yourselves to be.

God bless you and thank you for making the world a more beautiful place to be.

Leslie
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2005
12:46 AM

Post #1783513

Les,

What a pleasure it is for us to have you revisit our gardens!

Now that we're gardening and trading buddies it makes it even more special. All you're sending me will make our gardens all the more beautiful. We have to have the best trade ever on DG. Thank you so much for your generosity to the Katrina victims by purchasing from the Lily Auction and then sharing the plants with me.

My daughter may be blessing me with a little Charlie next year but you've already sent me a garden blessing in "Charming Charlie".

Thank you and all who have visited our gardens: the pleasure was ours!

Arlene and Jack Ryan
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2005
2:59 PM

Post #1810124

Arlene, WOW!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm in awe. You must be exhausted, having all of that to take care of! I don't know how you do it! Your gardens are truly inspirational.

Kylee
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 12, 2005
1:59 AM

Post #1811239

Kylee,

Thanks for your sweet comments. It would be so easy to take care of them if we didn't have the humidity as we did this past summer. We lost too many gardening days to scorching heat and high humidity. Once I began getting up at 5 AM I found it so simple to do what had to be done but I was ready for a nap by 1 PM!

Arlene
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 6, 2005
1:29 AM

Post #1909930

Dear friends who posted in this thread,

My intent was to print out the entire thread but I felt it needed a very special touch to end it so it will go on until my second grandchild is born, about March 21st, 2006. A photo of my darling daughter is included here because "A thing of beauty is a joy forever".

Just as I had dreamed, it is official now, it's a boy! Whether he's named Charlie or not he'll be a joy for the entire family. Leslie (LaLambChop) has already gifted me with 'Charming Charlie' for our garden. It's a daylily, if you hadn't guessed.

Three months and two weeks to go before I post a photo of "my Charlie".

Thank you all for visiting and leaving such heartfelt, warm, thrilling comments.

Arlene & Jack Ryan

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Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

January 19, 2006
7:37 PM

Post #1987150

Carol it must be so rewarding to have soooooo much joy to give to others. I so want to sit at your tea table and smell the Asiatic lillies and count the varieties of Day Lillies. I so enjoy the open nature of your garden and glad the neighbors keep there fences away. You and Jack have so much to do together that, the soul mate thing just gets deeper every year. Or should we call it "sod mate". Love your long grass and clean borders on your beds. Thank you!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2006
9:25 PM

Post #1987357

Thank you Soferdig. He is my "sod mate" as you so aptly described him. Now he's my paint mate as we do over rooms during the dead of winter and we're both exhausted just from taking this guest room apart and unloading books, pictures, etc., and will only begin the painting tomorrow.

As for the gardens the most scented are the Orientals and we have at least 50 or more of them but the most beautiful are the Japanese irises, not even our own hybridized daylilies.

Thanks for the visit.

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drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2006
1:28 PM

Post #1988571

hiya pirl,

A truly magical place you've created for yourselves. This is my seventh trip through your gardens, and I must admit I see something surprising and new each time I visit. The thought in planning is evident everywhere and the execution of the plan is exemplified by an extraordinary garden experience for a visitor. Thank you for sharing your space so generously, and it is quite evident that this garden will continue to improve with age as it is so skillfully maintained.

Both Pam and my higest regards,
don
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2006
1:33 PM

Post #1988580

Thank you, drdon and Pam. Our long days of hard work have paid off in so many ways. Perhaps the biggest bonus is that we get to enjoy it throughout the year, in all seasons.
drdon
Temecula, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 20, 2006
1:38 PM

Post #1988593

hiya pirl,

Indeed, a four season garden is one that is truly well conceived, especially in areas of the world where the seasons are so well defined. Kudos *stands and claps* to you and yours for a wonderfully peaceful garden.

best,
don
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2006
1:40 PM

Post #1988595

Thanks again, drdon, it is peaceful and so beautiful when we get snow and I get the opportunity to photograph the same scenes in winter and the other seasons.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2006
1:41 PM

Post #1988596

oh good, i see the tour is "back" by popular demand. your gardens and your strength and your uncanny ability to create beauty are such an encouragement to all of us here at dg. hail to pirl, queen of tours!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2006
1:45 PM

Post #1988606

Wow! Queen of Tours sounds grand, Debi. Quite a compliment. I may think more seriously of hosting a neighbor's only tour this July with your sweet words ringing in my ears. Thank you Debi.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2006
1:50 PM

Post #1988614

and of course, all dg'ers would be welcome as well, yes?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2006
1:58 PM

Post #1988627

Absolutely - come on up to Sunny Southold. The guest room should be ready by then and I'll prepare the Breakfast of Champions for you either in the kitchen or on the terrace!
jh_gardens
Southeast, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 20, 2006
2:35 PM

Post #1988706

Arlene ~ I've finally had time to, once again, revisit your garden tour, and am even more awe-struck than my first visit. I don't want to leave!! You and Jack are an inspiration to me to stop dreaming and y get to work...physically!! Thanks so much for hosting this fabulous tour!! Judy
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 20, 2006
4:28 PM

Post #1988933

Thank you, Judy, for your wonderful compliments. I'd love to be able to do it again, for the Historical Society's financial benefit, but given our ages and the years between the tours I doubt if we'd be up to it...physically! I do appreciate being an inspiration to others.
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
7:45 PM

Post #2107682

Pirl,

WOW, your work is stunning and inspiring. I simply love how it seems you've incorporated every plant variety under the sun! I love the blue hydrangea! And your row of trees is gorgeous. So neat that you have such a large property to work with. And nice to meet a gardener who's multi-talented (interested in vegetable gardening and the flowers). You really could (and should) write a book, including pictures of your garden, how you came about doing the tour, and specifically list the varieties you have in each picture. It would be neat if you'd do the tour at least once more, and have a guestbook that all must sign, you might have even extra your could incorporate into a book.

Any publishers out there? You might wanna snatch this up! =)


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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2006
8:30 PM

Post #2107791

Good grief Aimee! Are you trying to lead me to an early grave? Just the thought of naming every plant (thinking of nearly 2,000 daylilies now) is scary.

You are generous with your compliments and I love every one of them. Thank you for visiting and for every word.
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

March 12, 2006
9:40 PM

Post #2107975

Yikes, didn't realize you had THAT many, see the photos don't do your garden justice, we all need to see MORE =)!!!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 12, 2006
10:27 PM

Post #2108078

Aimee - maybe this summer I'll do just that: all 2,000 of them and put all of DG to sleep.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2006
12:49 AM

Post #2108475

Maybe do each of the sections in your Garden Diary! Do it little by little and peo can read it that way too! Besides, then you'll always have pics of it all, with names! You have a beautiful place Pirl! ~ Suzi :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
1:26 AM

Post #2108555

Digital photography would make it much easier but I'd still have the time of day factor so I'd be chasing the sun all day but it's worth a try. Thanks, BriarRose74, for the idea.
pins2006
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
1:49 PM

Post #2109359

Digital photography would make it quick like a bunny! I'm in favor of you doing it, too. Notice that I'm way down South and you can't hit me even if you were to throw something?

Still, running and ducking... pant, pant, pant...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
2:04 PM

Post #2109394

Carmen - you are always a gem! Here's what I think might be the problem: not all daylilies are open, in each garden, at the same time. If I have to photograph each one that's fine but then I'm left with explaining where each one is! That a recipe for boredom for the viewer for sure. Is there another way I can show what a specific area looks like in full bloom?
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2006
2:16 PM

Post #2109420

Pics of each garden area with most in bloom is fine... put the indiv pics into the plant files!! Put entries for ea garden area, with brief description, then links to the pic in the plant files.

Ea entry only holds one pic, so if put the links of ea into an entry, with overall view of it... Maybe couple pics of ea garden area, where some that were missing blooms were blooming in the other pics... Hope I explained that well... ~ Suzi :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
2:32 PM

Post #2109458

Oh Suzi - I wish I had THAT kind of time. I have 17 years of photos to be put in albums!
pins2006
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
3:18 PM

Post #2109552

How about scanning in your garden map? Wouldn't that be a lot easier? Then you can add pix as you'd like.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
4:27 PM

Post #2109742

You give me credit for things I have never done. What might be fun (for me) is to take a dozen photos in all four seasons from the exact same spot. A dozen could lead to three dozen and then I'm up to my neck again.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2006
5:19 PM

Post #2109882

Quoting:What might be fun (for me) is to take a dozen photos in all four seasons from the exact same spot...


Then, do it!! Put one view of each garden section in there now. Expand the number of views? Add them later! Agree that it would be good to have the same view in dif seasons too! Just add them as you take them.

How does someone eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you get a lot of data into your garden diary? One section at a time! 20 min at a time!

I remember you saying you were a single mother once upon a time, as I am now. When we don't have time to jump in and do it, we have to do it 15-20 min at a time.

Go for digital!! It's much faster! Start anew! Go back to the old ones if/when you have time and inclination.

By the way, let me know when you do start so I can watch it unfold! Hope this was helpful!!

Sorry if it seems too bossy! I need to start applying this same thing to my house, now, before MBA classes (starting in May) keep me from doing that too! ~ Suzi :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
5:34 PM

Post #2109920

Thanks, Suzi! My daughter was the single mother for years, not me.

We do over a few rooms every year and I really have to finish up with the little odds and ends on the porch and attack a sewing project before I can start one more project.

When I start in I'll let you know. My digital will be a year old in April so I can start fresh. Thanks for your help.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 13, 2006
7:23 PM

Post #2110172

Sorry - remembered you saying it, but got the details all wrong! Oops!! ~ Suzi :)
roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2006
8:17 PM

Post #2110264

Pirl, I don't know how I missed this thread last year. The pictures of your garden are just wonderful. Your garden is fabulous! Sure wish you weren't so far away as I'd love to take this year's tour. Keep growing!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2006
9:45 PM

Post #2110436

Thanks so much! I doubt if they'll have a tour this year - give it another six years.

If you're ever up this way please drop over. We'd love our flowers to meet you.

Arlene
roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2006
11:34 AM

Post #2111529

Thanks, you never know! I am coming up later in the spring but I hadn't any plans to go out on the island. Besy wishes, Rosemary
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2006
1:05 PM

Post #2111710

The North Fork has many vineyards, farms, nurseries and farm stands, a coastline filled with beaches, cliffs, the sunniest village in all of New York. No waves, no mountains and certainly no valley to be found but it's "home".
roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2006
1:21 PM

Post #2111740

It sounds wonderful and it's even in a warmer climate zone than north Georgia!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2006
1:32 PM

Post #2111759

Well, roseone33, I don't know northern Georgia but we did have a great winter, not enough snow for me, but still great. Spring arrives too late for me and summer can be too humid but fall is wonderful and goes on with the beauty for months.

Oh no! I forgot the sunrises and sunsets!

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Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

March 16, 2006
3:20 AM

Post #2115829

Pirl,

Sorry! Didn't mean you had to take a pic of each flower! Just that I want to see more of the garden spots you have!!! I think a book that lists basically what flowers are in each pic would suffice, you wouldn't even have to elaborate with each name...just that they are daylilies. I just think you have the best garden!

Pins, you were too funny running and ducking. =)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2006
12:19 PM

Post #2116175

Aimee,

Well, I'm quite relieved. Your thoughts about just saying daylilies definitely would make it all easier: THAT, I can do! Thanks for all the compliments. I will do more this year: I promise.

Pins is a joy! She loves to tweak me and is always running and hiding but she doesn't know that I'm so bad at aiming at anything that I'm shocked if I ever hit my target.

I do manage to bop our Harry (the Lhasa) but only because he's a sitting target!

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 20, 2006
3:38 PM

Post #2125335

On July 22, 2005 at 4:29 I announced the grand news that my daughter was pregnant and how I hoped for a Charlie in my life:

CHARLES ROBERT PASCA was born this morning, in Southampton Hospital, NY, to Kathleen Mary and Anthony Charles Pasca and big sister Megan.

He is named for my father and Tony's grandfather. It's also Tony's middle name and that of my late brother. The Robert is for Kathleen's father, who died last July.

A brand new baby on the first day of spring: God is very good!

GRANDMA AND GRANDPA ARE SO VERY HAPPY!
roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

March 20, 2006
3:41 PM

Post #2125348

Congratulations! Wishing all of you the very best.
pins2006
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7a)

March 20, 2006
3:45 PM

Post #2125360

How wonderful!!!! Congratulations to everybody!! Send us pictures just as soon as you can. This is so thrilling!
MitchF
Lindsay, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 20, 2006
5:35 PM

Post #2125616

Congrats!!! Yippie!!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2006
8:47 PM

Post #2126016

Congratulations, Arlene and Jack. I'm thrilled for you.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 20, 2006
8:55 PM

Post #2126033

We entered the hospital room after I "composed" myself to find Kathleen lying in bed and to her side was Tony, holding the baby. For some reason I expected the baby would be in the nursery. I burst into tears.

What a sweetie. He has a full head of dark hair and sideburns!

Thanks Rose, Carmen, Mitch and dear sweet Zuzu, for sharing our joy!

Pictures to follow this evening.
BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2006
10:43 PM

Post #2126271

CONGRATS!!!! I know you are all excited! Our best for you and yours!! ~ Suzi :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2006
12:39 AM

Post #2126538

Our Charlie!

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roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2006
11:59 AM

Post #2127318

God Bless! He is a precious little angel. So perfect and beautiful. Treasure him.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2006
1:15 PM

Post #2127460

Thank you: he is treasured!!!!!!!!
dawnsharon2001
New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2006
1:23 AM

Post #2134574

Wonderful news. Congratulations!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 24, 2006
1:46 AM

Post #2134651

It's a dream come true for all of us. Thank you dawnsharon!
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2006
8:30 AM

Post #2196257

Hello Arlene,
Just came back to Dave's after months without checking, and found the picture of Charlie. He's absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to your whole family.
Best regards,
Kay

P.S. Mom and Me are each about 5" high and looking good.
K
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2006
12:24 PM

Post #2196411

Thanks Kneff! Here's Charlie at five days old. I'd have more recent photos but he's always sleeping - a "good thing".

Our "Mom" and "Me" are probably around 7 or 8" and "Dad" is quite happy next to them.

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articfire
St. Peter's, PE
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2006
11:36 AM

Post #2199315

pirl,
Congrats on your new grandson "Charlie" what a beautiful baby boy. Hope you get lots of snuggling time!

I spent this rainy morning looking at your gardens and I sitting here smiling from ear to ear. Your gardens are absolutely gorgeous! Your house is number 1 on my list whenever I get the chance to visit NY!

Michelle
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2006
12:10 PM

Post #2199366

Thank you for your lovely note and the compliments on Charlie and the gardens. We'll get some snuggling time later today: it's never enough.

Please do visit us if you get to Long Island. We really enjoyed the A. J. MacArthur Memorial Gardens in Georgetown, PEI and meeting Frank Stevens/"Dickie", the volunteer gardener in charge. We sent him seeds from our daylily crosses and his friend, John Martell, planted them and some are now part of the garden. We were up again last September/October and met "Dickie" again. What a knowledgeable plantsman!

Arlene
articfire
St. Peter's, PE
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2006
1:42 PM

Post #2199587

Arlene,
The gardens in Georgetown are beautiful! They are on my list to visit again this year. Long Island is now on my short list of places I must visit soon. lol Maybe when the kiddies get a little older.

Michelle
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2006
2:35 PM

Post #2199723

Michelle,

It would be a very long drive with little kiddies!

One of our neighbors moved to Nova Scotia and another has a summer house on PEI. To my way of thinking it's just like Ireland but I can read the street signs much more easily on PEI!!!

Arlene
articfire
St. Peter's, PE
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2006
4:09 PM

Post #2199987

Arlene,
LOL! Yes our street signs (for the most part) are pretty easy to read. My husband's family are hoping to plan a family trip to Ireland in the next couple of years.(His family is Irish -Murphy) My grandmother was so excited when I married my husband as she was glad to have some Irish back in the family.

Even though the kiddies are older now I don't think I would want to be cooped up in a car with the 4 of them for too long. I think a trip to Long Island will be planned when it can just be my hubby and me. Your gardens are so fantastic now I cannot imagine what they would be like in 5 years or so. So for right now I will watch for all of your wonderful pictures.
Thanks again
Michelle

Sue_WA

Sue_WA
Seattle, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2006
4:28 PM

Post #2205538

Loved going through your garden tour again. Lovely. Can you share photos of your veggie garden? I really like your fence.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2006
8:27 PM

Post #2206155

I'll go looking right now!

Found some. If you want more just let me know.

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Sue_WA
Seattle, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 20, 2006
10:54 PM

Post #2206530

Oh I love it! On garden tours, if there is a veggie garden I almost always head over there first. Did you and your husband build the fence? I would love to see more photos if you have them handy. :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2006
12:20 AM

Post #2206728

Just two days ago a wonderful man, who takes care of our giant Colorado Spruce along the back property line, put up all new rails for us in the vegetable garden. He's in the green tee shirt and my DH, Jack, is in red. The scarecrow is still in last year's dress of hot pink, due to be changed whenever I get to the thrift shop to look for a new outfit.

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Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2006
1:58 AM

Post #2207002

Arlene,

That looks SOOO great. How do you keep your lawn so full and green!!!! It looks like a golf course!!!!


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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2006
12:43 PM

Post #2207933

Jack is excellent with following the Scott's lawn program and it does look good even thought, at the time the photo was taken, it hadn't been mowed since his mower was in the repair shop. It was returned the day after the above photo was taken and now it's nice and neat. He also spent more time putting down crabgrass killer. Our neighbor's don't do it so we have to unless we want a lawn of crabgrass - which we don't.

Here's a photo, taken yesterday, showing the Bradford Pear in all it's glory. This is the porch/master bedroom side of the house.

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Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2006
1:43 PM

Post #2208113

Beautiful!!!!

I too know ALL about having to treat my lawn extra because neighbors won't. They think weeds are flowers. LOL. Seriously their little girl picks the weeds and says, "Look a flower!"
JodyC
Palmyra, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2006
9:05 PM

Post #2486412

Wow Pirl...When I grow up...(maybe never)heehee...
I want my gardens to look just like yours...they are awesome...and the color combo's are wonderful...
How long did it take to get them that way?
I'd bet you've been at it for quite some time...:-)

It must be great to have a DH that knows a flower from a weed..lol..
I don't have a DH but if I did I'd love to have a DH like yours...One who enjoys the fruits of the garden and the labor...

Your hunt is the coolest idea...oh boy do I wish I could have come for the garden tour...I'm book marking this link to give me ideas...of what to plant with what and where...Your piece of heaven..is truely heaven on earth...I love all of it...You have a Grand Garden...!!!!!!!

Congatulations for being chosen to to be included in the tour...I'd bet your garden is #1...:-)

Thanks so very much for suggesting a take a look at the link...:o)
I'm thilled you did...lol..and your daylilies...they are everywhere...I just love it,love it...I can hardly wait until my tiny plants get the size of yours...
My gardens will never be as organized as your garden is...but I'm sure going to try...heehee
I'm going to be a Pirl's garden copy cat...lol...It's just Fantastic!!!!!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2006
10:31 PM

Post #2486701

My initial guess is that you liked it! So glad you took the tour.

Jack and I first met 25 years ago, on July 6th, 1981, when I went to work for a joint venture corporation with his bank. Our very first conversation was about tomatoes and impatiens. Today we were talking about (bet you guessed it) tomatoes and impatiens!

We only started the gardens a year after we moved here, in 1992. The Obelisk garden was a result of Jack's finding that area awkward to mow so he marked it out with lime and we made a garden of it: he made the obelisk for me as a gift.

It's been a lot of fun and what some might call "work" (and once in a while, hauling the compost it does feel like work) but the results are so worth it. Every window in the house has a view of a different garden and even in the snows of winter it's lovely to look at, with the promise of spring around the corner.

Here we are, on July 6th, with our dream grandchild, Charlie.

Thanks for your rave reviews! Every word is appreciated.

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rose_petalzz
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 10, 2006
4:56 PM

Post #2489600

Hi Pirl, your gardens are absolutely fantastic, and I wish I lived near you, I would visit!!!
Congratulations on your grandchild, he is adorable. Nothing like being a grandparent, I have two granddaughters one age 4 and one 7, and a grandson 4. They are wonderful and loving and I just love for them to visit. Enjoy his precious love as an infant, they grow up so fast!!!
Your garden is a dream, one I wish for mine. But everyone is different and I constantly change mine. Thanks for the tour on here and the pictures an comments, loved it all!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
Ruby
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2006
12:44 AM

Post #2491168

Thank you, Ruby! We do enjoy the grandchildren and are very proud of them.

We also enjoy our gardens and often feel so blessed that we feel we're dreaming and the real owner will come along and kick us out!
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 11, 2006
9:26 PM

Post #2494308

Oh my goodness, pirl! Wow! Wow!

And what's this? You and Jack in matching clothes with Charlie? hmmmm...lol

Wow! Just posting all these photos is a huge undertaking!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2006
9:58 PM

Post #2494414

I know, 4Paws, and it struck me so funny! I was already six minutes late and had no choice. What a laugh. At least he wasn't in light blue and he has a lot in that color to match his eyes.

It was great fun doing the thread. Thanks for visiting.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 11, 2006
10:46 PM

Post #2494589

Matching outfits, huh? Can hand-rubbing be far behind?
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 12, 2006
12:02 AM

Post #2494819

hehehe...I wondered who would be the devil's advocate (not that I wasn't trying to put a bug in her ear...lol.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2006
12:47 AM

Post #2494971

Zuzu is "definately" an instigator! Hee hee (did I get that right, Zu?)

Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 12, 2006
12:54 AM

Post #2494994

EEEEWWWW! I'm shuddering. I'm still amazed, Pril, at the number of people who can't spell that word, but feel the need to use it in every paragraph.

Zulu
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 12, 2006
1:04 AM

Post #2495025

Oh, Zulu, I know just what you mean.

" Some people never learn" - E. T. H. W. T. F. B. B. W. Fortensky

Pril
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 12, 2006
1:37 AM

Post #2495195

Oh dear...codes over my head.
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

July 21, 2006
11:00 PM

Post #2532477

Such fun. I remember when I used to always mis-type your user ID Pirl as Pril as well. =)

My gosh Charlie is growing fast, hard to believe how fast 4 months goes when it comes to newborns!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 22, 2006
1:19 AM

Post #2532947

Call me Pril. People call Zuzu Zulu!
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 23, 2006
3:54 AM

Post #2536675

At least someone calls you!
shirleyt
Pearl River, LA

August 3, 2006
5:05 PM

Post #2582808

Don't tell anybody but I like your gardens best of all... cool inviting...well groomed.. beautiful choices...just absolutely wonderful... now if you will just
"Jeannie" it on down to me... and do you another one... shirleyt
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2006
7:03 PM

Post #2583264

You are so sweet! Thank you for the lovely compliments. I wish "cool" prevailed today but it will be back soon enough. Do another one? Okay - just not today with a heat index of 100. Thanks, Shirleyt.
Erynne
Orangeville, ON
(Zone 4b)

September 28, 2006
4:34 PM

Post #2766646

Pirl,
Thank you for taking me on the tour of your lovely gardens. I can see that experienced hands and keen eyes have been at work here with all the textures, colours, varying heights and precious details.
Your grandson, Charles, is a wonderful baby and if he should ever be interested in gardening, he would have no better teachers than his grandparents.

Thanks,
Erynne
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2006
5:02 PM

Post #2766756

How sweet of you! I'll tell Charlie!

Thank you.

Pirl
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 30, 2006
1:07 AM

Post #2771310

Here's my favorite photo of Charlie as he was eyeing up some birthday cake and ice cream at a party for Megan (my 15 year old granddaughter, Charlie's big sister) and I. We're a day and quite a few years apart.

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pins2006
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7a)

September 30, 2006
2:22 AM

Post #2771562

How adorable! I love those huge eyes and all that hair!
agedgardener
Fredericton N B
Canada
(Zone 4a)

September 30, 2006
2:28 AM

Post #2771579

Arline I am absolutly in awe of your garden. It just perfect and to think you two
do it all youselves. I lost my husband in 1966 and my daughter penny was born two
weeks later. I know how thrilling it is to have grandchildren.I can hardly wait to meet you
I'll try to find a picture of my bird bath. It cracked during our long cold and snowy winter.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 30, 2006
11:21 AM

Post #2772122

Pins - we are enjoying him so much. He's crawling and sitting up already but his favorite thing is standing. If we hold his hands he knows how to continually put one foot in front of the other so walking isn't far away...all this before he was 6 months old!

Joy - Thank you for your compliments. We only hire help to cut limbs and another guy to do the lawn while we're away on spring and fall vacations: winter vacations are not a mowing problem.

You seem to have the knack of making lemonade out of lemons as shown by your beautifully done birdbath and your fortitude. We're anxious to meet you, too!

Here we're pictured, in my daughter's garden, 25 years from the day we first met.

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Mr_Crocosmia
Caistor
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2006
12:58 PM

Post #2778129

I am here at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2006
1:05 PM

Post #2778142

Our flowers have been waiting to meet you, Mark!
Mr_Crocosmia
Caistor
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2006
1:08 PM

Post #2778151

Awwwwwwww you say the sweetest things Arlene...!! Thank you!!
Mr_Crocosmia
Caistor
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

October 3, 2006
11:35 AM

Post #2781359

Oh you have such a lovely garden Arlene... would love to come and look round for real...!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2006
1:52 PM

Post #2781694

You'll find us doing spring clean up, spring planting, summer deadheading, fall panic planting, Jack reseeding bare spots in the lawn or else enjoying good books, plant catalogs and chatting by the fireplace in winter if we're not traveling, enjoying a visit from the kids or talking to granddaughter Megan, now the first place winner for a doumentary she made with her friend, Quinne, or playing with Charlie.

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lillyo
Marlborough, CT
(Zone 6a)

February 14, 2007
12:48 AM

Post #3186409

What a joyful time spent looking at those pictures, taking in the flowers, landscaping, hand made structures and getting inspiration. My favorite picture, if I have to choose one, is of the entrance to the house. I love the way you have balanced things so the eye is drawn in toward the house. I also like the distance shots that show the curve of the gardens against the healthy lawn. The oval island near the street is the first oval I've seen and I wonder why I have not seen more of that design around. Very graceful and a good departure from the expected circle.

Thank you for the tour. Someday, I hope to see it for real! Lillyo
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2007
1:12 AM

Post #3186468

Thank you, lillyo, for taking the tour and for all your lovely compliments. It's a constant work in progress. You're always welcome to visit. We're just a ferry ride apart.
dmcdevitt
Schroon Lake, NY
(Zone 4a)

February 15, 2007
9:15 PM

Post #3193053

OMG Charlie has not lost his hair or his looks!! He must be coming up on his first birthday soon, isn't he? I hope we'll see a picture of him on his big day!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 15, 2007
9:47 PM

Post #3193180

His hair is less dense now and lighter. He's been walking since Dec. 31st. I'll find my favorite Charlie Christmas photo.

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dmcdevitt
Schroon Lake, NY
(Zone 4a)

February 15, 2007
9:49 PM

Post #3193190

He is a beautiful child. You must be having so much fun with him, especially with the gardens being a little "under the weather"!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 16, 2007
12:23 AM

Post #3193648

Yesterday they were under the ice! Poor Charlie really wants snow for his sled. This is so pathetic.

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Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2007
1:06 AM

Post #3338752

Oh my gosh, I'm only on the third post of that link and already I'm sooooo impressed. Not only with the garden but with your little letter, scavenger hunt, and the welcoming feeling you greeted the guests with.

Gwen

Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2007
1:12 AM

Post #3338764

I can't believe you count your deadheads! LOL I'm just loving this...back to reading...

Gwen



Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2007
1:14 AM

Post #3338766

I was hoping there would be a photo of the sweet baby at the end! What a head of hair. Is he about two now?

Gwen

Gwendalou
Langley, WA
(Zone 7b)

March 31, 2007
1:16 AM

Post #3338772

Now I see he's more like just turning one. What a cutie. As is his older sister!

Thanks for the wonderful tour. It made for pleasant afternoon reading!

gwen
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2007
8:04 AM

Post #3339093

Thanks for all the lovely comments, Gwendalou!

Charlie just turned a year old on March 20th - the start of spring. Megan will be Sweet Sixteen in July. Here's Megan and her friend, Dallas.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2007
8:06 AM

Post #3339097

...and Charlie!

That's my son to the right, Kevin.

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2007
8:41 PM

Post #3470009

pirl, i just strolled through your garden again. thanks so much. it's as fresh as the day you took the pictures.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2007
8:43 PM

Post #3470021

You are too cute. Photos do have a way of remaining the same, don't they?

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2007
8:49 PM

Post #3470040

quick, take a picture of me! lol
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2007
9:11 PM

Post #3470114

I can do one better - it never ages.

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2007
9:13 PM

Post #3470124

oh my! i'm honored to have that picture on your thread...bowing and scraping...

thank you, (((pirl)))
Equilibrium

May 6, 2007
9:22 PM

Post #3470149

KNOCK ME RIGHT OUT OF MY SOCKS! And that's pretty hard to do. I came over here to see this thread and it's been over a half hour that I've been looking at photos of the perennial beds to the veggie garden to Charlie! This is an all time record for me. I have never spent this much time in a thread. Incredible work. Never could I even attempt to recreate any of this by me. Wish I could, but no way. Masterful design down to the littlest detail!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2007
9:24 PM

Post #3470157

i told you...lol
Equilibrium

May 6, 2007
9:27 PM

Post #3470169

Even her veggie gardens are neat and orderly. I bet she's one of those women who has a neat and orderly underwear drawer!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2007
9:30 PM

Post #3470184

roflol, she mentions her underwear in an old rose thread. i believe they're animal print of some kind.

sorry pirl. leave it to me to turn your garden tour into a tour de force.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2007
9:40 PM

Post #3470222

You would have to remember that! They were night wear not underwear!

Debi first posted her peacock, to my knowledge, in the summer of 2005 and I've admired it since then. She's the inspiration for so much of what I do because she sees things in every day life with an extraordinary eye for art in the garden.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2007
9:51 PM

Post #3470255

for you...my dear friend...

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2007
10:05 PM

Post #3470298

You're so sweet. Thank you.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 25, 2007
2:08 PM

Post #4015164

pirl - I especially appreciated the long view picture that you first took (and that you later stated you wished to replace with another shot). That photo really shows the lay of the gardens, how they curve, and the wonderful lawn walkways.

I really like to see the overview before I view the individual flowers.

Your garden is both HUGE and AMAZING! Both you and your husband are to be congratulated for creating such beauty. Now - all I have to do is think about how I can get a light set up for seedlings built in my basement . . . :-)
Equilibrium

September 25, 2007
2:37 PM

Post #4015284

Thanks for resurrecting this thread! I get to look at it all over again!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2007
9:57 PM

Post #4016664

Thank you, Michaela, for all your praise.

Lauren, thanks to the trees you sent our gardens will be even nicer in the future: thank you!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

September 25, 2007
10:37 PM

Post #4016789

Yes, nice to see this thread again Pirl. You and Jack are amazing! Wish I had the energy and drive you guys have.

Lauren, nice to see you! Figures you're friends with Arlene. Nice people find each other.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2007
11:30 PM

Post #4016957

Thanks, Victor! If it lifts your spirits I'm just getting ready for bed and it's just 7:30! I'll try and make it to 9 PM - no guarantees.
Equilibrium

September 25, 2007
11:59 PM

Post #4017074

Hey Pirl!
Hey Victor!

I want you to know I tried my hand at hollowing out a stump to try to create that log planter. Think of mine as the vertical counterpart of your horizontal piece. Me thinks me hollowed mine out a leetle bit too much. I filled up the bottom with a little bit of pea gravel and stuck my foot in to sort of level it and tap it down and my foot went right through the bottom of my beloved stump planter. Husband laughed so hard he had to walk off. He's going to try to get me another nice big stump only this time he said he'd hollow it out.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

September 26, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #4017086

You stomped the stump!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #4017244

The pleasure is all his. Please be there while he does it just in case it's your turn to laugh so hard you have to walk away!
Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
1:00 AM

Post #4017311

I doubt seriously if he will make that mistake. He told me to use a measuring tape because he thought I was going to low but noooooooooo, I couldn't be bothered with running in the house to get a measuring tape. He couldn't wait for my Dad to come over to show him the stump that bust its gut. Matter of fact, he was showing everyone the stump that bust its gut until I took the shop vac out there and sucked up all the pea gravel and relocated the stump waaaaaaaaaay out back where he couldn't find it.

He walked around and found a 5 gallon black liner pot that I had tossed aside after planting a Pagoda Dogwood. He put it in the back of his vehicle and he's going to use that as an insert. He said if we don't use a liner of some sort and drain it using a 1" piece of pvc, it would bust its gut sooner or later anyway. Better to have it happen without a plant in it. He's got a valid point.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
1:03 AM

Post #4017326

He's right.
Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
2:14 AM

Post #4017596

I had some left over spray that's like a plastic coating that I had intended to use but forgot. I suppose putting my foot through the bottom of the planter took care of that anyway.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 26, 2007
2:52 AM

Post #4017742

What a joy it is to see this thread again. I never tire of seeing pirl's garden, but it certainly does make me feel humble.

And then there's Equilibrium...I never tire of hearing her tales of projects gone awry. It's so nice to know I'm not the only one. LOL

Keep up the good work ladies!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

September 26, 2007
2:53 AM

Post #4017749

Agree on both counts!
Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
4:29 AM

Post #4017970

Quoting: And then there's Equilibrium...I never tire of hearing her tales of projects gone awry. It's so nice to know I'm not the only one. LOL
There are pirls in this world... and then there are Laurens and Maries. Read pirl's posts- learn what to do. Read our posts- learn what NOT to do. Aside from that, I think you and me are unusual. We admit to flops. I usually even photo document my progress (or lack thereof) so others don't have to follow in my footsteps to floppydom. Seems to me I have a few really unattractive and totally useless birdbaths out there somewhere from one of my last projects and then there is that stepping stone project... I try, I really try but things just happen.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

September 26, 2007
5:01 AM

Post #4018026

pirl's gardens are indeed, a sight to behold, are they not? She works tirelessly at them and it shows.

Few readers are aware of the fact that being well into her 90's, pirl does all the work herself. Would that my garden come close to looking like hers when I reach that age. ( LOL...just kidding, mamasan !!! )

She is my ultimate mentor for color pairing, texture, and "taste"...even if she DOES have a plastic duck strategically placed in her DL beds !

pirl...YOU ROCK !

Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
5:12 AM

Post #4018045

Hey, what's wrong with her plastic duck? I've got a mathed pair of plastic pink flamingos somewhere around here.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
10:31 AM

Post #4018313

What a fun way to wake up and read the latest posts! JD, for the second time today, you're a devil! Thanks for your mamasan comment.

The gardens have changed since I've been bitten seriously by the Japanese iris bug and now there are (currently) one huge JI garden and four smaller ones but I have the feeling that more are coming in the mail from a wonderful, fantastic, over-the-top trader so there'll be one more but I can't imagine where.

As for foibles - I continue on my Equilibrium path to gardening insanity with a smile, never knowing the next obstacle. I was about to plant something I've now forgotten (must be my 90 years showing, right?) and hit a gas line. I'm glad they put those big yellow "Do not dig" tapes above it and doubly glad I left it alone.

We just went through a kitchen renovation and had all Corian counters and full backsplashes installed. I had the granite from the kitchen moved to my potting bench, thinking it was a wise move. HOT in the summer sun - very HOT, but pretty. The top of the 9'9" copper trellis Jack made came down in a storm - it simply couldn't take the winds. I used that for my potting bench "window" and the clematis has now almost obscured it.

I probably shouldn't mention the wasp attack as I tried trimming a little branch to make more room for plants or the other wasp in my shorts as I wondered if I should strip or not, or the two wasps that drowned in the last cup of coffee (twice), or the way they constantly find me. I must be their official east coast playground where Zuzu has the title for the west coast.

I, too, had a stump but not like Lauren's. I decided to put a planter on top of the stump and while I was busy doing routine gardening the clematis over there took over and grew up and topped out at about 5' and then spread. Should be glorious next year. Being afraid it might blow over in another storm (you know how fearful we ancient people of the frozen tundra are, JD) I figured I'd anchor the planter into the stump so I found an old broom handle, about 3' long and got the small sledge hammer to do the job. The stump had already begun to decay internally but I was still surprised when one blow of the sledge hammer sent that broom handle down and I nearly crushed my right hand on the rim of the stump.

Marie: The Olsen hosta is thriving and I think of you each time I see it. Actually, what I could use to help me in the garden would be a team of Norwegian bachelor farmers but if the Royal Canadian Mounted Police still haven't shown up to make me chief cook for the sled dogs then I guess there's no hope and we'll have to do the work ourselves.

Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone!

P.S. Lauren, the official JD goose is still in residence along with a little yellow rabbit!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
10:48 AM

Post #4018335

Here's the potting bench with the granite and the clematis obscuring the copper window.

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Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
11:54 AM

Post #4018443

Quoting: I was about to plant something I've now forgotten (must be my 90 years showing, right?) and hit a gas line.
I have never (knocking on wood so hard my knuckles hurt) hit a gas line.
Quoting: Actually, what I could use to help me in the garden would be a team of Norwegian bachelor farmers but if the Royal Canadian Mounted Police still haven't shown up to make me chief cook for the sled dogs then I guess there's no hope and we'll have to do the work ourselves.
Thank you, thank you very much. Now I know why we are doing all this work ourselves risking life and limb at times.

The granite potting bench is a photo that I simply must save to my desktop for when I can e-mail it out to gardening friends. Pirl, you will be the envy of people who have never even met you! That marble potting bench is way cool!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
12:05 PM

Post #4018490

Thanks. Cool but hot to the touch. The wood was better, heatwise, but I do love the granite. While the plumber was here I had him extend an outlet in the garage to the outside wall just 3' from the potting bench so now it's becoming my garden room instead of the dog's pen.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

September 26, 2007
12:11 PM

Post #4018520

Granite potting benches! That's living large.
Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
12:18 PM

Post #4018547

Yup, pirl will go down in gardening annals for being the only one with a marble potting bench. I know my friends will be envious. Wood is hard to keep clean and it looks no where near as attractive as that marble.

Now Arlene, don't be out there telling everyone about your kitchen re-do. Let everyone think you speically designed that bench that way. You know... a grand potting bench for a grand garden!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
12:20 PM

Post #4018551

Hey! When you're 90 you deserve the best!
Equilibrium

September 26, 2007
1:08 PM

Post #4018671

I agree!
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 26, 2007
5:10 PM

Post #4019462

How can I thank you all for brightening my day. What pirl did not tell us was...did she in fact strip down in the garden to get the bees out of her britches. (I'm just dying here! Oh, the mental pictures.)

You are all making me second guess this great idea I had last night. Now it's no where near as elegant as a marble potting bench, which is so fabulous that I need one. (My potting bench is in perpetual shade...no heat problems there.) Anyway, I was talking to my sister last night, and she mentioned that halfway through the redo on the counter-tops in her laundry room, that they decided to get rid of the big, old, deep, cast iron sink (circa 1960) and replace it with something that was easier to keep clean than chipped white. So, I begged it off of her. I have been so wishing that I had a sink near my potting bench. All I need to do is get something to support it at sink height. So then my sister says, why not a cabinet so that you wouldn't need to hide it around the side of the garage. And all I need to do is to run a hose under the deck to get water hooked up to it. Can you see where this is going? Is this a great idea or what? Now you've got me scared. I'm just Murphy's law waiting to happen.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
5:34 PM

Post #4019547

Kitchen showrooms and lumber dealers that order cabinets are two good sources for "Oops" cabinets. They often can't return their mistakes to dealers and you can get a great cabinet for $10. We did that with the basement and our old deep sink from the old kitchen back in '92. They probably have goof countertops, too, but HD sells them in several lengths. Have fun shopping.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 26, 2007
5:41 PM

Post #4019584

I'm doomed now...but what fun I'll have scrounging the materials! Thanks for the really great ideas. I wouldn't have thought of that.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2007
10:15 PM

Post #4020523

It's trying to keep the cabinet from falling apart during all kinds of weather that will be your problem. Would you bring it inside for the winter or cover it? If the cabinet is installed, outside, on some kind of material that won't soak up the water you'll be better off but disconnecting it for the winter and storing it would be your best bet. Have fun.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 27, 2007
12:42 AM

Post #4021091

I cover my potting bench for the winter, and would do the same for the sink. I don't see moving it once it's set up as according to my sister, the sink is very heavy. I have been thinking about how to keep a wooden cabinet from rotting with the weather. I would suppose that the stain that I use on my deck and house should do the job. The water would have to be disconnected and drained for the winter.

So...lots to think about, but I'm not going to do it until Spring. I've already got too much to do before the snow flies. The sink can just be upturned and covered for the winter.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2007
12:59 AM

Post #4021158

Or the whole thing, sink, cabinet, counter could be on a wheeled platform with wheels that lock and then safely stored over winter.
pupilpropogtr
Birmingham, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2007
5:01 AM

Post #4091867

Evening Pirl,
After one hour one day and now two hours later, I have finished my tour of the garden. I can honestly say I have never seen anything so beautiful (besides my daughter). Do you have a bed outside so you can wake up in the morning in the garden. Wait, you wouldn't need a bed with your grass. I would camp out everynight, until it got to 60 degrees, then I would be running to the heated house. I have 2 pages of notes I want to ask you about, but, shoot, my computer shuts down at 12. Will be back! :^)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2007
10:07 AM

Post #4092126

My guess is that you enjoyed the tour: I'm glad. I'd be pleased to help in any way I can - just Dmail me.

Thank you.
daylily_lady
Clinton, MO

November 22, 2007
4:14 AM

Post #4219279

Wow! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I am sooo glad I ask you about your gardens!! I could just feel the day's tensions ebbing out of me while I was "touring" your yard. I will definitely be going back to this over the coming winter months. What fun to have started with your virtually empty canvas and what a masterpiece you have created.

We were on the first Henry Country Garden Tour here in Clinton. That was several years ago. We had such a good time and enjoyed it so much. The Garden clubs here in town put it on and it is a big draw for the crowds, everyone loves a beautiful yard and gardens.

Yes, I think our table and chairs are alike and yes they are carefree and comfortable.
I think ours are going to be ready for a paint job soon we have had them for several years.

You must have a pretty big lot or are you out in the country??

Thanks again I enjoyed every second of it!!!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 22, 2007
2:10 PM

Post #4219848

Thank you for your nice comments. We do live out in the country, compared to the more congested area and the smaller properties we had before this yet it's not even an acre.

I'm thankful we didn't buy a home with established gardens so we could create our own.

Our outdoor furniture is probably about the same age as yours and could use a paint job, too. It's hard to find something really comfortable and yet easy to keep clean so we'll keep it until it falls apart.

Thanks for joining the tour.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #4708150

WOW You are a star. I love the combination od Yarrow and Daylilies. My website is:joanngentle.com
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 25, 2008
5:49 PM

Post #4708186

Great, I'll go take a look at it.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 26, 2008
3:54 AM

Post #4710440

I am fortunate enough to actually have PIECES of pirl's gardens at my place !!! They are my most prized plants ! I guard them with my life.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2008
1:29 PM

Post #4711190

JD brightens every day for me with his humor and his wonderful stories of his family. I just wish his garden was twice the size so I could send more plants.

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BriarRose74
Moon Twp, PA
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2008
3:13 PM

Post #5290309

Thanks, love the idea of the old sink and oops cabinet! When I do get my garden shed built, hoping to incorporate!! ~ Suzi :)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2008
4:30 PM

Post #5290612

This has been deer feeding week here and it's so depressing. They devoured all but three daylily flowers where there should be hundreds of blossoms right now. That's just in one garden. Others have suffered tremendous losses as well. Then I saw they ate some buds from the Oriental lily collection and to my great horror they devoured every bud on 20 or 24 Stargazer lilies so I cut the other four stems and have them inside.

I guess the old quote is as true of weeds as it is of critters:

Nature bats last.

Silly but I'm grateful they left me Savannah's Edge - it's so pretty!

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David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 24, 2008
10:23 PM

Post #5314270

Maybe nature will bat against the deer. It's their turn.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 24, 2008
11:57 PM

Post #5314751

I wish!

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 24, 2008
11:58 PM

Post #5314758

I wish bats (vampire) feasted on deer.
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2008
12:03 AM

Post #5314780

Bats eat bugs. Seems it would be a simple matter to breed them to increased their caloric intake.

With the radar bats have, deer could run but they couldn't hide.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2008
12:07 AM

Post #5314815

I can envision huge bats flying across Southold right now...or when it gets dark. That'll keep the night time parties to a minimum!
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #5314899

pirl...reminds me of Peter Falk in "The InLaws" ..."I saw things...They have tsetse flies down there the size of eagles. Really. In the evening, I would stand in frontof my hut and watch in horror...as these giant flies would pick children off the ground and carry them away."

I picture bats flying over Long Island Sound from Southold carrying deer away...

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2008
12:26 AM

Post #5314904

Just don't carry them this way!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2008
12:49 AM

Post #5315033

I think I can locate a place to send them and I bet you can guess, Victor!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 25, 2008
1:17 AM

Post #5315224

If Victor can't, I can.
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 25, 2008
1:47 AM

Post #5315451

Go to your room Zuzu !
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 25, 2008
1:58 AM

Post #5315530

hmmmm...wonder how a cute little toy stuffed deer and a box of pins would sell in Dave's Marketplace. Might be the start of a line of products...stuffed toy Japanese Beetles, stuffed toy hornworms. stuffed voles, gophers, moles...

But the deer would be the best seller...that's obvious...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 25, 2008
2:08 AM

Post #5315606

I can think of others but don't want to get thrown out of DG!

Hi, Zuzu!

JD! Zuzu and I have some similar thoughts and I am in my room so you can't threaten me!
youngershirl
Orange Park, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 31, 2008
2:44 AM

Post #5945985

Pirl, thanks for sending me here. I am so impressed by the beauty of your gardens. I love all the lilies, and the way all the beds just seem to flow. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful lawn and gardens. I can't wait to start working on mine.
Shirley

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2008
2:45 AM

Post #5945989

beautiful photos ... can't wait to visit you again!
dathen
W of Cleveland, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2009
1:48 PM

Post #7154350

Pirl: I have just spent 2 very enjoyable days in your gardens. I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am - the imagination, creativity, love, and labor that shows here is incredible. Thank you for sharing. I am in awe.

Dathen
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 10, 2009
1:54 PM

Post #7154362

I'm so glad you enjoyed the thread, dathen. A lot has changed in the last four years and yet that's part of gardening - almost constant change.

The next time we have a rainy day I'll make a part two for this thread with updates on the changes.

Thanks for visiting. Too bad you couldn't enjoy the cookies!

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 14, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #7168750

Oh what a fun blast from the past this thread is! I remember seeing it when it first came out but sure enjoyed going back through it, with envious eyes for the garden space you have and the lovely curved beds, all that room to collect to your hearts content!
I got tears in my eyes reading the happy announcement about Charlie, I could just feel that joy in your post and it made me relive that feeling I had anticipating the arrival of my grand babies! And then his arrival and adorable pictures! What a cutie patootie!
Also enjoyed reading the playful banter with Zuzu and JD. :-)

Thanks Arlene for the fun morning revisiting this thread!

Spotted your post that you knew the Trimmers. We have a connection LOL (2004 picture, what was was I looking at?)

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #7169891

Hard to believe the thread is more than four years old already!

Charlie is a never ending joy in my life. Here is his photo taken on my birthday last year as he crooned out a wonderful, "Happy birthday dear Grandma".

Speaking of birthdays...today would have been the real PIRL's 108th birthday.

Dan has gained a few pounds in the last 14 years but Jane looks the same as ever. Thank heavens you and I never change, right?

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


October 15, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #7170178

He has an adorable munchkin expression in that shot!

No, we never change, well, actually, currently I am not a red head, but that may change next week, oh, and my weight is the same, honest ;-)
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

October 15, 2009
2:57 AM

Post #7170502

And to think that little guy had very dark hair for so long...now he's a blonde. Is he cute or what ?
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2009
3:12 AM

Post #7170570

I had to go back through this also. What a wonderful trip back in time. How your garden has changed. Have you ever been on the tour since that time, or did they discontinue it? Your garden was beautiful then, as it is now. A lot of work, and a great eye for design and color.

I laughed when I saw your planting of JIs. You've certainly added on to that.

I can't believe the black hair Charlie had. What a change!

And is Megan still with Dallas? What a lovely girl she is.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2009
12:16 PM

Post #7171306

Sue - it was the sincerity of his singing that cracked me up (ending a sentence in a preposition just for JD). Certainly you and I are exactly the same weight, maybe less than 14 years ago and our hair just changes with the seasons anyhow.

JD - yes, my little Elvis certainly went blonde quickly, like his sister, mother and Grandma.

Polly - thanks. The tour is held every seven years so it will still be another three years provided the couple who willingly put themselves through the hassle of doing it want to do it again.

Oh yes! Megan and Dallas are both at SUNY Purchase now. She is studying music and he's in their select film program. Just last week Megan was honored at the Hampton's Film Festival for a documentary she made while still in high school. She loved walking the red carpet but Joan Rivers wasn't there to ask, "Who are you wearing?". The "Goodie Bag" amused everyone. It had dark bitter chocolate, which she hates, and...wrinkle cream! I am so proud of Megan.

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Jim41
Delhi, LA

November 25, 2009
7:36 AM

Post #7308101

Dear Friend,

Thank you for inviting me into your garden. It is probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Just by looking you can tell it was a labor of love. I don't see how on earth you and Jack keep up with all the work. I suppose that is what keeps you so young. I thought I had a pretty yard before I saw yours. Mine is just a sketch pad drawing compared to a real work of art.

Congratulations on a job well done and also on your lovely family.

Jim

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 25, 2009
11:25 AM

Post #7308175

what a great day for megan
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2010
1:55 PM

Post #7415907

Thanks for you lovely comments, Jim. All gardens are works in progress.

Thank you, Jo Ann. We're very proud of Megan and all she's accomplished.

So another year has ended and a new year begun. We close the gate on the 2009 gardens and look forward to all the new plants blooming in 2010.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #7415918

Great collage Pirl.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2010
2:41 PM

Post #7416021

All of these were still in beautiful bloom at the time we got the first frost on December 11th, Jo Ann. It was another very good year. The tomatoes could have been more lush but we're still enjoying the last of the cherry tomatoes so that's really good for January 1st, 2010 - our 19th wedding anniversary!

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


January 1, 2010
7:11 PM

Post #7417037

♥♥♥♥*****HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!****♥♥♥♥

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
7:16 PM

Post #7417053

Happy Anniversary Pirl!!!
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 2, 2010
3:29 AM

Post #7418478

Happy 19th Arlene !
I told this rose to keep blooming until your anniversary...and it cooperated !

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
4:51 PM

Post #7419947

Thank you, so much, Sue, Allison and Mike! Love the roses!

We celebrated a few times yesterday. First was our neighbor's annual Open House. Their home is so beautifully decorated and they are such lovely people.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
4:53 PM

Post #7419959

That's not a choral group on the front porch though it appears that way.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
4:56 PM

Post #7419968

It's an old house and it has been beautifully restored by the current owners who have been here since 1993. Their summer home is on Prince Edward Island at Victoria by the Sea.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
5:00 PM

Post #7419975

Just a sample of how beautifully the home is kept.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #7419984

The Blue Moon that greeted us. We were married under the Blue Moon as well.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #7419990

Seems I got ahead of myself because before the party we went up to the beach but stayed in the nice warm car. I do love heated seats!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
5:14 PM

Post #7420023

Finally, we went to one of our favorite places for dinner and enjoyed spinach salad with sliced pears, dried cranberries, glazed pecans and Gorgonzola and followed by some wonderful Shrimp Scampi, beautifully prepared.

As the real PIRL would have said, "A good time was had by all". It was her trademark ending to the social events she covered as Society Editor for her local Albemarle, North Carolina, newspaper before she married and moved to Long Island.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
7:31 PM

Post #7420389

looks like you had a nice day!!!
JasperDale
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

January 2, 2010
9:33 PM

Post #7420760

drooling here...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
10:14 PM

Post #7420882

We really did have a lovely day.

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