It’s amazing how often gardening comes up in conversation in my everyday life, no matter where I am or who I talk to. A few months ago I was having trouble with my hand, so I went to see a specialist in a nearby town. In the course of diagnosing me (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, by the way), my doctor, Dr. Lionel Brown, asked me what I did for a living. Well, out came his iPhone with pictures of his wife’s beautiful garden! “You should really see it in person,” he said. So, months later, at a follow-up visit after my surgery (this guy is GOOD–I’m completely back to normal after only a month), I gave him my card, and the next day his wife, Margareta, called me up to invite me for a visit.
It’s a beautiful garden, for sure, and I’m sharing a few highlights today with Margareta’s blessing. The first two are from a container grouping by the pool. I especially loved the two magnificent specimens of crown-of-thorns and the cool face pot in the front.
The next few are of a rose arbor on the hillside, with the seating area scattered with fallen rose petals. The spherical metal sculpture in the background was made by a family member, and I was totally in love with it. The last photo is of a metal frog that was familiar to me. It was made by an artist named Charles Smith down in South Carolina, and the garden I used to work for had one. His frogs are just so happy, and they lighten the spirit of every garden they grace.
This garden was BIG, and for a while there I forgot to take photos as I was enjoying it, else I would have shown you more. Cool thing is, other than some help with the mowing and heavy lifting, the Browns do all of the work themselves. And that’s a LOT of work. I don’t think I saw one weed while I was there…you can tell these people love what they’ve created. Thanks so much for welcoming me into your garden, Margareta. It was lovely!
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