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:
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
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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:email@example.com]
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
#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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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: 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!
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 ♥
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!
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.
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 ♥
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
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!
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 ♥ :)
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!
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)
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
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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"
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 :-)
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!
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.
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.
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'!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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..
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. :)
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?
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
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,
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 !
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.
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, 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.
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!
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
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).
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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)!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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! =)
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 :)
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?
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 :)
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.
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, 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!
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".
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!
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.
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!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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 . . . :-)
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! :^)
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??
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.
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!
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...
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, 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.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
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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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.