Saturday, August 6, 2011

Best Vacation EVER!

A group of gardeners were at our home the other evening to discuss a proposed garden walk next year.  The details were unfolded, the ideas were generated, a beginning was developed.  And then - the fun began.

A group of enthusiastic gardeners in one room is my idea of entertainment at it's best. 
  • We talked about garden problems and what has and has not been working. 
  • Japanese beetles were discussed, ideas and damages assessed and finally the little devils were scorned.
  • Our different garden passions were discussed, admired and shared. 
  • The weather's effects on certain plants and how we have to be willing to move, change, or eliminate as the need arises.
  • Because one prospect for the garden tour declined because she was no longer able to effectively take care of her large gardens, discussion wandered to how our aging does or will effect how we garden in the future.
  • We noted, because of our different passions, our gardens were at their peak beauty at different times of the year. 
  • And as always, we saw again how gardeners - I mean the truly dedicated and absorbed in your soul kind of gardener - loves to hear and see an other's garden.  They appreciate the beauty, the differences and can sympathize with the problems without judging or criticizing.

The best comments I heard was every single one of these gardeners felt the same as we do:  the best vacation is the one spent at home with our own gardens. 

We love the beauty, the serenity, and the work.  The creation of these things in our garden is more satisfying than a trip to the great gardens of the rich and famous, or the renowned landscapers, or nature's wonders.  Not that we can't appreciate those other things, it's just we get that much joy out of our own back yards.  It's our vacation destination!

For the new gardener, loving your own garden space is perhaps the best goal to seek when developing a plan.  You will know the satisfaction of being in the best vacation place on earth when you're in your own garden. 

"Dirty hands, iced tea, garden fragrances thick in the air
 and a blanket of color before me, who could ask for more?" 
Bev Adams, Mountain Gardening

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