Today’s photos are from Beverly Smith, who says, “I live in a wooded area of Cos Cob, Connecticut, and have deer everywhere. We do not have a deer fence so I have, over the years, installed 90 varieties of plants that deer do not like.
We live on two acres with rock ledges that I have incorporated into my landscaping. I do all of the labor myself. I learned about gardening from my grandmother and mother. I am a bit selfish about my garden and do not like assistance from others for installing and maintaining it. I consider it my canvas on which I do my art work. I designed it, installed it over the time period of 14 years, and maintain it. I installed a patio and focal points. My husband made the benches and Mondrian-style fences to enclose one garden room.
I am a teacher, and summers are for gardening. My family calls me an obsessive gardener. Some people play golf or tennis, or join ladies’ clubs, but I proudly garden–transplanting in the spring, even moving big shrubs and small trees myself.
Some folks wonder why I work so hard on a garden that is not in a neighborhood and not visible to many people. I stroll the garden many evenings with a glass of wine and admire what nature has allowed me to shape in my own front 1/2 to 3/4 of an acre. Each day I get to stand back and admire my personal garden canvas! One ladies group came for a garden stroll and loved my garden. Their garden club will be inviting me to speak next early summer when the garden it at its best.
I take my gardening both seriously and with humor. Recently when I was working in the garden, My daughter, Jani, brought me my lunch. I took off a glove so I could hold the peanut butter and jelly sandwich without getting too much dirt on it (last photo.)”
Beverly, you walk the talk. I absolutely LOVE the photo of you taking a break from gardening to eat your lunch. Bravo for sharing it. And your garden is lovely, too!
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