Marta McDowell's blog about digging in the dirt, growing flowers and vegetables, garden history, horticulture and nature.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Other People's Gardens
It is garden tour season, and this year I've indulged in several. Opening a garden to scads of visitors is a terrifying experience, but visiting is a sweet pleasure. Someone else has done the weeding, planted the containers, deadheaded the roses. It is vaguely decadent, balanced on the tightrope between inquisitive and nosy.
Come, let's peek...
A formal garden with lettuce used as an edging plant. The edible landscape goes high end.
An undulating line for a flagstone walk and boxwood hedge. Simple but so effective.
A massing of boxwood and alchemilla makes a statement for a formal entrance.
Where do they put the banana trees in the winter?
A stunning long view. Punctuated by a perfect pot of sempervivum (hens and chicks).
My favorite herb garden, on a sunny front stoop.
But it's hard to beat a mature stand of specimen trees. If you look closely, you can see the Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata) in bloom.
I share my garden with my husband, Kirke, my crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Kirke sums up my biography as "I am, therefore I dig." My latest project is writing about Beatrix Potter's Gardens.