In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. - Abram L. Urban
I hope this blog entry finds everyone well, enjoying the summer and their gardens. AHHH sweet summer!
Our trip to Bethlehem, PA was delightful. Jonathan took us to a motorcycle climb that was a blast. I have never seen so many gutsy motorcycle enthusiasts climb such a steep hill; and get this, one of them was a woman….YEA!!!
We took an afternoon trip to Paolini’s Cast Stone by way of Morgan Hill Road where the landscape could not have been more beautiful. Pennsylvania farmers REALLY know how to keep a farm neat and tidy with beautiful, beautiful old barns! Unfortunately I did not have my trusty camera with me; so sorry I have no pics of Morgan Hill Rd to post. Frank and I are looking forward to our return trip in August for Musik Fest. Paolini’s was wonderful but hot! Paolini’s has the biggest yard of cast stone I have ever seen in my life! You can spend all day wandering their yard; I know for certain I’ll be making a return trip. My husband Frank found David, the bust did not have an open head planter to plant in but he was so perfect for the shade garden I simply could not leave him behind.
My orange oriental poppy finally bloomed; there is a second group of 8 that have not yet opened that will look great with my yellow Asiatic lilies that are now in bloom. Some of my red onions have started to seed so this morning I went out to my little garden and pulled them. The bulbs are the size of large scallions; I cut the seed stems and set them in a vase of water along with a couple of strands of ornamental grass which made a very pretty display on the deck. I am happy to report my efforts to keep the hoodlums of deer out of my gardens by planting garlic is working….YEA!! Not one single bite has been taken from my roses; surrounding the roses with garlic along with a good dbl strong batch of Way-Too-Hot Sauce a recipe from Jim Wilson author of Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden has done the trick. I’ve also used the Way-Too-Hot Sauce on my hosta and bugbane with great success; doubling up on the hot sauce really gets ‘em good…..HA, sweet revenge! Happy Gardening!
Jun 21, 2011 | 3:12 PM PST
I loved your blog! Your trip sounded wonderful---you visually described it beautifully! Those orange poppies are breathtakingly gorgeous! I like the quote by Abran L Urban that you included too!
Jun 21, 2011 | 5:17 PM PST
Great gardeners think alike! I love this quote, it reminds me that my garden comes from my heart and soul that feeds my dreams of what can be. I can't remember a day, winter, spring, summer or fall that i didn't find myself even for a split second of the day thinking about my garden.
You plant, nurture, and watch them bloom, BUT DON'T HAVE TO SEND THEM TO COLLEGE or listen to them talk back! HA