WELCOME to the 2014 #AtoZ Blog Challenge
Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
Introducing my guest, John Viccellio, Master Gardener, author and friend, who tells us about the Family connections in his garden. Visit him at Johnsviccellio.wordpress.com
Blogging opens a new writing form for me. My blog is not a diary, but it is about me. It is not a garden journal, but it is about gardening. Writing in this new medium gives me the opportunity to share observations, reactions, and reflections, not just to record what happened. When I reflect on my gardens, it evokes memories of my family and the influence they have had on the joy I experience from gardening. It covers five generations…from grandmother to grandchildren.
My Grandma’s sweetheart rose, one I remember from boyhood, came to me from a cutting from Aunt Martha. She gave me vitex cuttings and a dozen English boxwood that were started by Grandma by breaking off a piece and sticking in the ground. Treasures are Leucojum aestivum bulbs, offsets from ones that were given to Grandma by her grandmother. Most of my peonies had their origin at Grandma’s. I have several finials from a picket fence at her house that I have used in topping clematis posts. We have a picture of my Dad in front of that fence, over 100 years ago.
As I’ve grown older, I have enlisted the aid of my grandchildren to help with the heavy work in my garden. I have recorded my hopes for them in Guess What’s in My Garden!. I concluded a chapter on “Slowing Down” with these words: “My dream is that one day, when my grandson is in his seventies, he will tell his grandson, ‘This is the way Granddaddy taught me how to prune the roses.'”
Photos by John S. Viccellio in his Charlotte, NC Garden
Thank you John for being my guest and friend