When our gardens were on the first Southold Garden Tour one gal was filled with compliments and said she'd love to have a garden but didn't think her property was suited to it. I went over the next week and saw this ancient border of huge plants that had seen their best days 40 years before. Soon she was ripping them out, hauling home truck loads of town mulch, buying plants, having her built in swimming pool filled, had the gazebo erected and hasn't quit yet.
She resists but I think she should name it "The Silk Purse" after the old quote of not being able to make a silk purse from a sow's ear. She certainly created the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen from a very boring scene.
I always think of my friend Cloteal who gave me my first thunbergia grandiflora vine, Neil every time the spider lilies come up, Kay when the wisteria blooms, all the roses remind me of who gave them to me, etc and etc.
The common love of beardless irises has made me two very good friends here on DG. Wonderful friends and trading partners. I could not have found better friends close by. In fact I would be hard pressed to find someone locally who loves gardening so much.
Sometimes I feel like I have a friend in each state. Do you find that when they announce bad weather in a particular area, you think "oh, I hope so-and-so is going to be ok...I need to email them"
I've also benefited from learning from people that I'd never have been able to benefit from. Local knowledge can only take you so far, but multiply that times gardeners all over the world, and it is invaluable.
I'll bet each and ever member has made at least ONE friend on here...why is everyone being so shy?
I was befriended by a certain East Coast Blonde who was enormously generous with daylily fans (among other things ) from her garden. I think of her every time I see them and have become HER biggest "fan". LOL
I love watching all the amazing things you do with your perfect courtyard - a gem hidden away from public view. Seeing the bowers of roses that will simply never happen here, all of your wonderful inventive ideas coming alive and your garden art is such fun.