03/20/08 Boy, it feels like I've been gone from GG for ages! Just got back from a 5 day trip to Destin. Had a blast! Got sunburnt! Ate a WHOLE lotta shrimp! The ride down there and back was just beautiful! We went through Hotlanta first and then headed on down to the panhandle. I couldn't believe everything that was already in bloom the farther south we drove! Tulip trees, forsythia, red buds, dogwoods, Bradford Pears (grrrr..highly allergic!) and so much more. Made me excited to get back home and get to going on the ol' dirt pit here. I usually dread coming home from vacation even though I'm usually homesick. It sure is hard to leave the beach!!
As soon as I got home I headed straight for The Home Depot and bought some more "junk". I saw some beautiful English style gardens in Florida that really wet my appetite and helped me to decide on an English theme for my own yard. I had been debating different ideas but the gardens I saw really cranked my tractor!! Of course, I will save a bed or two for the ol' faithfuls! I have to have a formal garden next to the house because of the layout. I really need to get my camera going again and post some pics for ya'll to ponder. I would love to have some inspiration sent my way .
If anyone else has an English style garden, please give me some suggestions on planting techniques so that it doesn't end up looking like so formal after all. I tend to be kind of obsessive compulsive when I work on a project. I don't want my ideal laid back English garden to look to prim and proper. Ya'll take care now!
Mar 20, 2008 | 11:01 PM PST
I hope you had a relaxing time In Florida. I been thinking about English Gardens. I've been to England and everyone there has a garden. They were each unique, their weather around London and south is mild in the winter. Their flowers are outstanding, but I couldn't group them all into a typical description such as an English garden. I have heard the reference but I have no idea what people mean by it. I am eager to learn.
You have a great day and happy gardening. Bill Mitchell