It’s too darn HOT.
Two years ago, at this time, we were toiling through the southern summer to ready Entwined Gardens for the September Raleigh Area Garden Conservancy ‘Open Days’ Tour 2010.
I think of the garden as a work in progress, so that year when folks asked, ”Are you ready for the ‘Open Days Tour’”, my comment was, “Is anyone ever ready?”
There is no amount of primping, editing or fluffing to get ready. There are the endless lists of projects one is motivated to have “ready for The Tour” – which is a wonderful motivator to bring the garden to a new level. Inviting unknown visitors from a national tour to a private peek into your personal paradise can be quite unnerving.
I had always planned in my mind that the last few weeks would be the time to make clever additions so that anywhere the eye travels would be perfection… “A fluffy, spiky & roundy” for pleasing balance, a nice piece of artwork for the eye to land, and great for photography.
Alas, a month before the tour, the domino effect of the economic crisis crashed down on the computer industry . All around divisions of many – up to now successful companies jockeying for IPO’s – were suddenly wiped out, including one my husband worked for. The dream of garden perfection… disappeared into a new reality as we tightened our belts for the long haul of uncertain economic times.
Enshalla – breathe, let it go, offer it up to a higher power… breathe again.
Ours was a fortunate reality… I was lucky – to have so many wonderful friends lend a hand to help in a summer of intense heat & drought.
Then it seemed like Miracles began happening… My friend Mitzi who is an incredible plants woman would call & say, “ I just stopped by Campbell Road Nursery and they are giving plants away. The have huge tropicals – Bananas and Elephant ears are marked down to a Dollar each!” The next morning the Garden of Eden arrived in the back of a Prius! We walked around and added appropriate interest & it worked! I was grateful and wrote notes to the nurseries whose end of year sales had helped – the norm for them end of the year, but to me it was a lifesaver. This was after all a fundraiser for the national Garden Conservancy and the JC Raulston Arboretum – and if folks were going to drive 45 minutes or more to visit, I did not want to disappoint!
Throughout the week leading up to the weekend tour, friends – The Border Babes – arrived to lend a hand, and deliver all kinds of enhancements and moral support and hugs… it was unbelievable.
Two days before the tour, another friend who was new to gardening, asked if she could come & learn. I said “Sure!” Diana saw some of the “art” I had collected from Home Goods as placeholders for the Dream Art. Aware of my now fading dream, Diana said, “I have some things that might work. I’ll be back in about an Hour…” She came back, another Prius – loaded with the most beautiful statues, from Artist – Frances Alverino .
I was hoping to acquire an Alverino as a gift for my Husband’s Sept. Birthday and to celebrate the Tour. Diana had 6 of these sculptures for me to borrow. Talk about letting go and the higher power provides!!! Our garden was beyond what I dreamed for the Days of the Tour!
It is a delight that this year I can stay perched inside enjoying the gardens with the miracle of central air. From the House, one cannot see any weeding to be done… not that there isn’t any mind you… just pure enjoyment of colors and textures.
So will take advantage of the joys of cental air and KNIT!
Yes, all a part of our Entwined Life!
Found a delightful soft baby sweater, elegant soft and couldn’t resist it at one of the local yarn shops. It comes with enough for an infant kimono sweater, includes instructions and 2 cute bear buttons. How easy! I had enough yarn left to make a little hat too!
The Yarn is by Plymouth – Bear Hugs.
So I will relax with my yarn and my thoughts of my wonderful friends and their bear hugs of generosity and how being grateful does make a difference.
My thoughts are also with the generous hosts who are this year prepping their landscape art for this years’ tour… what a gift to be inspired by these great gardens large or small… each grateful for the friends that lend a hand, give a hug, each Gardener’s own vision of Paradise created.
Come join us in Raleigh September 15 & 16!
Garden Conservancy ‘Open Days’ Tour
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