“You never really leave a place you love, part of it you take with you, leaving a part of you behind.
A friend sent me this quote knowing the fix I have been in. She is a fellow gardener and flower judge that recently moved from Connecticut. She understands! Her Facebook message delivered this quote at the end of a perfect afternoon. I”d returned from a tour featuring seven exceptional gardens. Photographing my way through all of them, I could feel my spirits begin to lift; I was delighted and filled with new inspiration. We all know the saying imitation is a form of flattery. I began to imagine my way into a perfect garden, all my past mistakes eliminated. My grieving heart, with its intermittent sobs stopped, leaving me with only the occasional hiccup after a long cry. I found myself smiling from a deep place within where joy abides. The gardens were a form of triage, each one passing me off to the next after assessing my damage and deeming me fit to move on. I’d been put on ‘touring’ medication; talking to amazing gardeners who generously answered my questions while I took note of plant combinations and design tricks. I am feeling much better! Garden tours can heal what ails you. The tour coupled with the gift of this quote assured me that I can take with me what I love about my garden yet part of me can remain.
Knock-Out Roses, Pink Iris, Winter Gem Boxwood – Makes Your Heart Sing