Change!

Change!

Change is inevitable.

And change has come to me and my Arranger…big time.

Two days ago we closed on the sale of our home and garden. We will be moving in June to Windsor Run in Matthews, NC, a new retirement community. Age…and the inevitable wear and tear on the back…has caught up with me, and it has been clear that it is time to give the shovel over to younger hands. I am delighted to be able still to run around and dance in my octogenarian years, but lifting that big pot of annuals has become a big no-no.

When I walked through my garden…my garden…for the last time over the weekend, I was struck with how beautiful it has become. This photo catches a sweet memory that I will carry with me: an Itoh peony ‘Keiko,’ backed by a bed of luscious ‘Caesar’s Brother Siberian iris, backed by viburnum ‘Summer Snowflake.

This is by no means an end to A Walk in the Garden. I intend to continue writing about my own garden memories, the good lessons and the bad, about other people’s gardens that I visit, and things I see about town. I won’t be able to include flowers from my own garden for In a Vase on Monday, the meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, but there are wild flowers out there by the road that may make their way into a vase from time to time.

I’m also working on a new book, and I can guarantee that you just might be hearing about that as well.

My Arranger and I are grateful for you readers out there in the blogosphere from all over the world who have encouraged us with your kind comments about our offerings over the past four plus years. You are so much appreciated.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is PROLIFIC.

There is an oak tree on the edge of the community ball park near us. The ground beneath its branches was covered with acorns, wall-to-wall (or should I say shell-to-shell?) acorns. It just goes to show you how prolific one old oak tree can be. Our squirrel community was overjoyed with such abundance.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: AWAKENING

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is AWAKENING.

The contrasting red of the new maple buds against the background of its just opened leaves tells me that the maple (Acer ‘Summer Glow) is awakening to the first warm days of spring.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SMILE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SMILE.

Can you find a more heavenly smile than the one on my pet frog’s sweet face?

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In a Vase on Monday: A Lonely Tulip

We are finally getting a number of flowers in the garden after an extended cold period that slowed growth. I am happy to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the creator of In a Vase on Monday, with a small offering.

One of the few tulips that made it through the winter gives a flash of color among white camellia japonica and ajuga ‘Mahogany. The ivory is Japanese netsuke.

Let me invite you to join Cathy to see what she and others are sharing from their gardens this lovely day after Easter.

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In a Vase on Monday:

Warmer weather has brought a touch of early spring to my garden as a number of plants are beginning to put on their colorful best. It is a delight to be able to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the originator of In a Vase on Monday, with few offerings from some of the early bloomers.

The vase on the left features camellias, backed by loropetalum. The one of the right contains candytuft, muscari, and ipheion. The accent is a Japanese sake cup.

Please visit Cathy to see her vase this week and that of so many others who have joined in this meme.

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In a Vase on Monday: “They’re baaack!”

Not only are the hellebores back in full bloom in my garden, but yours truly is back to In a Vase on Monday after an extended absence. I beg the forgiveness of Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the originator of this meme, but, of course, it’s easy to just blame it on our weather. Nonetheless, here are some of the hellebores from my lower garden.

There are three hellebore varieties growing at the edge of the woods, the names of which have long been lost in several moves. They do produce a lot of seedlings each year which I have spread around the garden. I’m still waiting to see the colors of these new babies.

Please visit Cathy and see her vase this week and those of so many who join her in sharing the garden’s bounty.

 

 

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