E-mail is perfect for talking gardening with friends. I never tire of seeing pictures of their gardens. I haven’t sent any of mine this year. I should, lest folks think the duct taped cherry tree is the highlight of our yard.
Lately we have been talking Delphiniums and roses. I recently bought a Delphinium plant, which probably won’t make it through the summer in our hot, sticky climate. (In the South, larkspur is planted as a substitute.) Her Delphiniums, though, are profuse and beautiful.
Want to see enchantment?
One of her Delphinium flower beds.She sent this next picture to show how she was coaxing a rose up a contorted willow tree that she doesn’t particularly like. I didn’t see anything unsightly about the willow tree, unless she was referring to that headless branch, and said so. She wrote back that she’d talked to her pruner about those branch stumps he kept leaving to no avail, so she tries to hide the stumps under Paul’s Himalayan Musk Rose plantings. (Like me, she is married to her tree man.)
That should explain why I was searching through her old e-mails. I looked up Paul’s Himalayan Rose and although the listing doesn’t specifically mention “covers duct tape” in its attributes, I think it is something worth considering. Bonus: the instructions say, “No pruning!”
(I should mention that my Dearly Beloved is a very good pruner. With proper supervision, of course.)
Not long ago, I mentioned to my friend that I wanted to make a little fairy garden in one corner of the back yard and she responded that she was working on a fairy den in her own garden. Here, for instance, are her fairy wind chimes.
As her grandchildren are all girls and mine are all boys, I supposed that we didn’t imagine fairy gardens in the same way.
Then she sent this video. ( No, this isn’t her pruner, nor mine.) Take a look at this hedge!
Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature. ~Lynn Holland