Sunday, June 29, 2008


Just as we finished with the final touches on the gardens along Wonderland Trail last week, a hail storm arrived and massacred everything in sight. In less than fifteen minutes, this entire garden was in shreds.
I have never seen Hosta looking so pitiful

So, we groomed, replanted and fertilized everything.

The gardens looked much better by the end of the week. But the tedious stooping over every single hosta carefully removing damaged leaves to expose new young ones took it's toll on my body. My back took in a lot of sun radiation in a Rose garden in Wilksboro as well, while pruning, removing diseased foliage and fertilizing on a scorching hot day. Not to mention the never ending dehydration.

All the gardeners I know have just about reached total burn out.

I can hear it in my daughters voices when we talk on the phone. Even though there is good news to share, like my eldest, Airynee calling to tell me she just had a photo shoot with Southern Living Magazine, for the gardens she is creating at Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia, we are acknowledging the need for personal restoration and balance.
It seems I will be needed on Goodstone as well. Airynee wants me to do some design work on CAD for the long term garden planning they need to do. I will head up there in July to begin.

It is hard to believe I was just up there a couple of weeks ago for a visit. June has been such a busy and productive month. I spend the weekend in quiet, resting, eating and painting my garden.

Ahhhhhh gentle rainstorms all weekend....I am in heaven.

Even Finn is spending the weekend sleeping in the sandbox.....

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