Things I See around Town: Happiness

Happiness is a daffodil in January

Happiness is the first sighting of forsythia in bloom

Happiness is recognizing the cycle of bloom starting for yet another year.

Happy 2019

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A Step or Two in another Direction

It is a challenge to write a garden blog when you don’t have a garden anymore. I lost mine when we sold our home and moved to a nearby retirement community. The wonderful friends who bought our home have already had us over to see. The garden is not mine anymore, but I am assured that it is in excellent hands. What I didn’t lose was my love of gardening. So I will use my memories and things I see around town to continue these posts.

One of my favorite vistas in my Charlotte garden featuring Weigela florida

I have tended three gardens in my life, two of which I designed and started from bare ground. Wouldn’t it have been nice if I had known then what I know now? That, of course, is not possible; many of my favorite plants hadn’t even been created when I started. And that’s not just about gardening. There is much I wish I had known about getting the most out of school, of raising my children, my work life in the Navy and industry, and my marriage to my Arranger. It’s too late for me to go back and take piano lessons. But, alas, we’re talking hindsight now.

I have learned some lessons and discovered new methods, new ideas, new plants, things that turned out marvelously well (I believe in serendipity) and, alas again, some that were disasters. I will share those in time. I also keep my eyes open when I am out and about so I may report from time to time. I might even share a thought or two of what I could do in my next garden…the one in my dreams.

I hope you will join me on my next journey.

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This Special Day

A Christmas wish to all for a time of peace throughout our world. May 2019 be a year of generosity–given and received.

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Thanksgiving 2018

To all who join me on occasion for A Walk in the Garden,

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Wordless Wednesday: A Chaste Hibiscus

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End of Month View

I have been absent from the blogosphere for several weeks due to moving and getting settled in our new retirement apartment. My “garden” now consists of half a dozen pots with annuals on our screen porch. I do, however, have a small token to offer as part of the End of the Month View, sponsored by  Helen the Patient Gardener .

A colorful hibiscus:

And a few annual vincas.

My choices are few, but they bring the Arranger and me much joy.

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I Have a Garden

I have a garden…well, almost.

My Arranger and I have completed our move from our home and garden to a lovely retirement community here in the Charlotte area. It was challenging, to say the least, to leave a garden into which I had put twelve years of sweat and muscle and love. But time presents new challenges and new opportunities.

We were able to get an apartment with a screened porch, and we have now outfitted it with a few plants to help us feel at home when we enjoy our glass of wine on the porch before dinner. It’s not the garden of the past, but one for our future here.

 This heuchera survived four years on our previous porch, made the transition, and appears none the worse after two months of travel.

A few colorful plants add to the show:

This stone adds a touch of history and a touch of continuity to our “garden.” I first saw this piece of granite in my grandmother’s woods over seventy years ago. I salvaged it for my Chapel Hill garden, moved it into our last garden, and saved it to be a part of this next chapter of my gardening life.

I hope you will accept this post as my “End of Month View.”

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