Striving Towards the Vision, Two Years In

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There is a vision for what I desire the garden to be, although it constantly changes, the vision and the garden.

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It should be peaceful and serene, yet exciting.

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I want to be filled with anticipation upon stepping outside, but feel a calmness.

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There is a time for working out there, dressed appropriately and gloved, and a time for sitting and studying what needs to be done to get closer to the vision.

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Each day is different, never the same as the day, week, month or year before.

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The vision shape shifts to correspond to the reality of weather and the whims of nature.

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It is like painting on a moving canvas with colors that blend by themselves before the brush can be applied to the palette.

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The seasons ebb and flow, causing colors and substance of growing things to weaken. But it’s still beautiful.

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I still like to look at them.

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Creatures inhabit a healthy garden.

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They add movement, breathe life.

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There are surprises, like the Fairegarden bred daylily, Number Twelve, reblooming after being dug, divided and replanted where a spent teasel had taken up space amongst the talls.

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This garden is now two years old and the gardener is growing younger with the prospects of what is to come. Onward.


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20 Responses to Striving Towards the Vision, Two Years In

  1. Linda says:

    Just beautiful.

    Thanks, Linda.

  2. Frances,

    So happy your new garden is coming together so beautifully!

    Thanks, Jane. Patience is required!

  3. Jester says:

    A Beautiful story, beautifully told. Thank you for sharing!

    Thank you for reading, Jester. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Barbara H. says:

    Oh Frances, you have perfectly captured the joys and labors of working and watching in the garden. Your pictures are delightful, too. So happy to see your post today.

    Hi Barbara, thank you for the kind words. The garden is coming along, although it is still quite raw and rough. Glad you were happy to see this post, you are a faithful reader and I appreciate you.

  5. VP says:

    I love the inky blue on that woodwork – the perfect backdrop for your planting 🙂 xxx

    Hi VP, thanks for dropping by! The paint color of the shed is a good one. Wish I could find a trim color that I liked that would look good with the white salvaged windows. Miss you! xoxoxo

  6. meander1 says:

    It never fails…the email signalling a fresh Fairegarden post always elicits a feeling of “Oh, goody”. This sharing is filled with your high standard of lovely pictures and beautifully evocative language. I like your collection of what appears to be different sized concrete spheres in the background of two photos.

    You are so kind, Michaele, thank you for your loyal support. I am actually thinking about getting a new camera, not that pleased with the photos since moving. It’s probably the siting of this garden, I just can’t get the hang of the best time of day. I miss the slope and it’s backlighting magic. The concrete balls are the ones I have made over the years out of hypertufa. Glad you like them.

    • meander1 says:

      Think of all the years you had to become so in tune with your previous garden and those extra special moments during your early morning and late afternoon walk abouts. You and your new garden will grow together with or without a new camera.

      You understand so well, Michaele. I do appreciate your support and encouragement!

  7. Jill Beringer says:

    Beautiful colors!!! Not quite as crispy as mine after this dry spell:)! Might I ask you where you get those perfectly round stones or cement balls?

    Hi Jill, thanks for visiting. We were on the verge of crispy before today’s rain. As for the balls, I made them. Instructions can be found here:

  8. It looks like a Piet Oudolf garden.

    Thanks, Kathy! That is the highest compliment possible!

  9. Lola says:

    So happy to see your garden. It is beautiful.

    Thanks, Lola, you are sweet.

  10. Lisa Yunker says:

    I’m so glad you continue to post! I recently bought a house, and after years of creating gardens for customers, I can now begin my own. The Fairegarden will definitely be an inspiration for me.
    Thank you!
    St Bernard, Ohio

    Hi Lisa, congratulations on starting your very own garden. It is the most gratifying of endeavors, as you already know. You sweet words are very kind, thank you!

  11. I can imagine how overwhelming the prospect of creating a new garden in a blank space must have felt when you first moved. Trying to settle into the house and make it a home as well as starting your garden. It is obvious that your efforts in the garden are paying off with pulchritudinous dividends. It is great to read that you get time to appreciate your efforts. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the results.

    Hi Lisa, HA, you made me laugh out loud with *pulchritudinous dividends* ! It’s true that the house has taken up a good portion of my energy, we just finished the last inside job, remodeling the master bathroom. The outside has had plenty of attention, of course. It is finally to the stage where I can step back and look critically at it to see what needs to be tweaked. Thanks for your support!

  12. Rose says:

    So, so lovely! Nice to see a familiar face again, too, in the last photo. I think Lisa has been dipping into her thesaurus, haha:)

    Hi Rose, so glad you recognized our Sleeping Maiden. She is doing much better here than she did at the old garden, planting-wise. The creeping jenny and dark leaf sedum are very happy with no help from me. Lisa cracked me up! Maybe it is that interesting word of the day thingey? HA

  13. Sebestiana says:

    I have no idea what you are talking about when you say you are not happy with the photo’s!!! They are so beautiful and have such a luscious look to them. They are candy for the eyes. Your post came at a good time…I’ve been lazy, as of late, with my garden beds. As usual, you give me that much needed kick to get out there with gloves and bonnet on to meditate with the weeds that have come for a summer visit. 🙂 I do love your garden and the photo’s, no matter what camera you use.

    Oh, thank you for those sweet words, Sebestiana, much appreciated! This time of year the garden can look a little sad and uninviting, the weeds don’t help. Fall is beautiful here, equal to or prettier than spring even. Sometimes the weather allows for some weeding and plant moving after a blistering hot summer. I hope you can find the motivation to get out into your own garden.

  14. Pam says:

    Such a lovely site to stumble upon. You’ve described it perfectly.

    Hi Pam, thanks! So glad you stumbled here.

  15. grammapenny says:

    I too was thrilled to see your post. You have been such an inspiration. In fact, your blog is the reason I began my humble little blog. We have had a very challenging summer here in Massachusetts – chipmunks, voles, rabbits and groundhogs multiplied this year and then we had drought… oh my. Lots of tweaking will be needed in the garden this fall. Part of the fun will be sharing some plants with my son and daughter-in-law who have their first home but no garden yet. I will share your blog with them to illustrate how much beauty can come from bare ground.

    Hi Penny, thank you so much for this very sweet comment. Those critters do give us a challenge and the drought has been particularly perplexing. Seeing which plants can survive the onslaught helps us in the tweaking process. How fun to help your family to begin their own garden. They are lucky to have you!

  16. grammapenny says:

    i also loved your links to cement and tufa. My garden club has made troughs and leaves nd all sorts of things with both of those and we are making tufa again in September.. I am going to try the balls this time…

    Oh good! The cement projects are easy and fun. The balls look good in the garden and along pathways. Good luck with it.

  17. sherry mckinney says:

    Your garden is so beautiful. What a lovely way to find peace and rest. I love your site and all the wonderful articles that are in your magazines. Keep it coming, you bring joy to my world.

    Hi Sherry, thanks so much for your support! What a lovely comment and I really appreciate you.

  18. You’d hardly know it’s only been two years, because your garden has quickly advanced by leaps and bounds. None of us are ever “done” in the garden, there’s always another project just around the corner.

    Hi Robin, sorry for so late seeing this comment. The garden has filled in, yes, but of course will never be done.

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