Happy Monday, everyone! Let's start the week with something wonderful. Remember back in March when Anne Engelking Wellman sent in that fun video of her garden accompanied by her grandchildren's soundtrack? Refresh your memory HERE. Today she's back with a 2014 video, and it's so, so nice. —SEE THE NEW VIDEO HERE—. Anne says, "This is my second video of our backyard cottage garden in Newark, Delaware. Each year starts with My Definite Plan: "be more conservative, grow fewer things" and "keep the work manageable" since I do all the gardening except mowing. But that plan quickly falls by the wayside when the seed catalogues arrive showing plants that cry to be experienced. I try to limit myself to "a few experimentals." This year those included: Love in a Mist, Sweet Williams, Carnations, 'Carbon' Tomatoes; 'Magesty Red' Lettuce, Commelina and some others. Everything survived since it was a perfect growing season this year in our state–no drought, no extreme heat.
Each year I've also "borrowed" more of my husband's lawn for flowers. Next year's side yard I hope to turn into a wildflower garden, but this year I'm making do with a mini-wildflower garden by the larger pond in the backyard.
The video includes two pictures of our 200' X 50' backyard prior to the ponds' construction when it was open space with trees and yews along the back and sides. For some reason, the yard, now divided into areas, seems larger to the eye than it did before it was heavily planted. The ponds have added fascinating wildlife not seen before by us, (though I never caught on film the great blue heron who has us on his route and catches some of our goldfish and frogs.)
In this year's video are some of the Delaware wildlife and a few "wild" garden activities just for fun. (The dress-up costumes are from a trunk of clothes I've saved since my childhood some 50-60 years ago.) The musical background is all by the grandchildren, the videos were taken with my old Canon S95, and I strained my aging neurons putting the video together with iMovie." Anne, we need one of these every single year. Your garden is gorgeous, your grandchildren amazing. I think every time I'm stressed out I'll just revisit this post and play the video. It was that relaxing. Well done!! The strawberry tasted wonderful…..and it's a good thing you put that fence up! Wow! Again, —SEE THE NEW VIDEO HERE—
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