Karen sent in these photos of a garden of a very special person in her life.
Attached are photos of my 93-year-old mother’s garden. She enjoys planting and picking her flowers, as well as maintenance like plucking weeds and deadheading. She cares for her perennials and bushes, interplanting annuals as needed. She can be found outside watering everything each day. When her labor of love is through, she relaxes on her porch or back patio, often with a glass of wine.
Wow! That is quite the garden—and a lot of work to maintain at 93 years old. I always say that gardening keeps you young. Gardening is constant stimulation for the mind, and surely it is good for the soul. Gardeners are also always looking forward—anticipating plants growing, new seasons arriving. As Beverley Nichols wrote, “It is only to the gardener that time is a friend, giving each year more than he steals.”
A little fairy perches on a rock, surrounded by bright flowers. Annuals and perennials are mixed together to ensure color and interest every day of the gardening season.
In this view looking down one of the garden beds, packed to the brim with flowers and wrapping around a patio seating area, repeated clumps of variegated lilyturf (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’, Zones 5–10) tie the whole planting together.
And finally, a picture of Karen and her mom. May they have many more years of enjoying gardens and gardening together!
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