“We all walk through our neighborhoods wondering what’s on the other side of the fence.”
|‘Orange Ice’ Bougainvillea, Agave bracteosa,Senecio mandraliscae, and Hunnemannia fumariifolia – a heavenly combination! Photo: Nan Sterman|
"Preparing Your Garden for a Tour" is my latest piece in Pacific Horticulture. Only available online, you can read the full article here .
What makes a garden great? Ron Vanderhoff of Roger's Gardens shared recently how many gardens are "Beautiful in a picture-postcard sort of a way; often for a moment in time. Gardens to look at are fine, but a garden that draws you closer, that plays with your senses and that you can communicate with in a sort of back-and-forth manner – that’s a great garden."
He continued "Gardens should also sustain a person's interest. Even a picture-postcard garden might engage the participant initially, or even for a brief while. But what if you were around that garden almost every day? Would it still engage you at another season or another year? That's the difference between a great garden and a good garden."
That got me to thinking. A great garden is one you love.
Welcome to behind my garden's gate. Introduce yourself to the garden I love.
My garden isn't perfect in the trend-setting magazine perfection sort of way. It however, perfectly suits me.
What it lacks in discipline, it makes up for in enthusiasm. Watch the bloom-factory rose 'Betty Boop ' petals unfurl as the camera lens moves in ever closer.
A prolific bloomer, this girl does not know when to stop. In her case, it is a good thing);-
In maturity, the floribunda rose 'Julia Child' rose grows more fascinating. Some plants get less attractive when you get close in- not this beauty.
Interior designer, author and lifestyle expert, Alexandra Stoddard recommends a touch of yellow in every room.
For the color's uplifting psychological effect- I believe yellow belongs in every garden.
Some plants get less attractive when you get close in- 'Julia Child' is elegant in every season.
In the background you'll spot this purple iris. The original plant was dug from my mother's garden.
Other families pass furniture and jewelry down through the generations. My mother passed on something deeply personal- her plants. I see her smile in every bloom.
The stake in the foreground remains as a requiem for a tree rose that died of strangulation. This spot needs a bit of vertical structure to anchor the corner. What, I haven't decided -perhaps something sculpted and classical. It has taken since 1986 to change what was once a bare corner into this magical mayhem- I can be patient.
The nasturtium hopped from a nearby sunny spot into where the Mother fern decided it was happy.
Grasshoppers aren't on my top ten list of favorite critters. They bring out my crueler side. I like to think that I am generally kind- but I do believe the only good grasshopper is a dead grasshopper.
'Lillian Austin' is the Maui sunset painted on rose petals.
'Our Lady of Guadalupe' made its way into my heart courtesy of a niece. A beloved house-guest of the first order, she brought the first of the triplets which front the herb garden as much for their story as for their delicate color. This rose was born of a partnership between the United Farm Workers and Jackson & Perkins. A portion of the sales were dedicated to the Hispanic College Fund.
A Growing Passion, hosted by California-native Nan Sterman, launches on KBPS and KPBS.com on May 2, 2013.Find out more and discover how even if all you have in seed money is $1, you can help A Growing Passion get growing through Kickstarter,
Linking to GBBD- Garden Bloggers Bloom Day