Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting the lovely and well-established garden of a dear friend. I love older gardens because they have had time to develop their own character and design. Experienced gardeners know that what you plant isn’t always what the garden accepts and allows to flourish. Soil and sun and space determine a garden’s personality. As gardeners we have our preferences, and we tend to buy certain types of plants or attempt to create specific habitats, but in the end we bow to nature…you can’t grow cactus in a swamp.
So although I love certain plants, I know they aren’t going to grow where I currently garden. To enjoy some of them I have to visit someone else’s garden, and I’m perfectly willing to do so. Call me and I’ll be there tomorrow with my camera! (Unless getting there involves airplanes.LOL)
You would think that visiting an older, better, prettier garden would cause me at least a bit of jealousy. However, the only emotion I felt yesterday was joy. I was just so grateful to share in the beauty of spring with someone who works the soil with creativity, patience and determination.
I hope all of you who dig in the dirt are enjoying your best spring ever…and I hope you have the opportunity to visit someone else’s garden.