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what comes from stress and evening walks

I went for a walk around the hood this evening, after spending hours in the garden, and walked past a most highly manicured garden in the world which must belong to someone who owns a garden service called Momentous Impressions Gardening. (because the vans with that name were parked out front) And it makes perfect sense because this garden has the greenest, most even grass blades in the world, the most manicured clumps of vegetation and the sharpest edged borders from where peaks of the darkest, richest soil can be seen.

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Oy Vey!

Then I round the corner and come up to my garden. The one with the wonky photinia hedge and giant, overgrown cherry tree.

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And volunteer fir trees and lawns with more weeds and moss that actual grass.

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And a hodgepodge of saved plants from neighbourhood construction sites and rustic, old fences.

And I think, “what the heck am I doing having a garden show?”
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So I hope people can look past the imperfections and see the glorious bits.

Like this wild and gorgeous clematis which looks like clematis with a bad hair day.

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And the small vignettes I’ve set up in places.

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And the saved apple tree, which went from a hand full of leaves and one rotten apple to a glorious green top and a full harvest last year, and places for wildlife with this small pond, a bird bath, three fountains and some water plants.

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But the tea cart is all washed and ready to be put into service and to be loaded up with tea cups and cookies, and Morgan is keeping a watchful eye on the goings on and always eager to test things out.

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The broken irises have been gathered into vases,

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The roses and clematis are starting to open, and a wholly inappropriate chandelier has been hung in the garage just because it looks lovely there.

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So nevermind the mess. I think it’s going to be OK. πŸ˜€

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Comments: 32

  • May 26, 2014
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    looks beautiful to me!

  • May 26, 2014
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    I prefer wilder, more overgrown places to roam…I’d be scared to touch a petal in other more ‘perfect’ gardens.
    Yours look amazing!
    Good luck with the party πŸ™‚
    xx

  • Christie Juhasz

    May 27, 2014
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    If one were to name your garden service it would be “Memorable Impressions” because there is so much more to your garden than any perfectly manicured space. Lots of TLC and meaningful beauty.

      • Christie

        May 28, 2014
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        Doing pretty good. Just got back from a quick trip to Virginia. It was lovely and we even got to go hiking in the Shenandoah National Park. Hopefully I got some decent pictures to post.

  • Nikki

    May 27, 2014
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    IT IS FABULOUS!!!

  • daryledelstein

    May 27, 2014
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    i know nothing about garden shows or real gardens for that matter but i do know what i like … natural real unmanicured nature …

  • May 27, 2014
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    Oh I wish I could some to your glorious garden tour!! Like a house, a garden gives a “feel” ~ and your garden gives a very good one indeed. Enjoy it as I know your visitors will… xx

  • May 27, 2014
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    This time of year is without words! all these fresh blossoms and the greenest of the greens! It is just all so serene and cosy. Enjoy it!!
    ~Dawn

  • Patty/NS

    May 27, 2014
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    The BEST gardens are the ones like your’s, that are put together with found and saved bits and pieces and come together with love. Your garden will long be remembered as a magical garden, I am sure. It will resonate and leave a happy feeling with the visitors : )

  • May 27, 2014
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    Your humor, interjected with the usual fabulous photos of volunteering Fir and escaping Hostas ! It looks great to me as I am not gardening at all this year ! It’s going to be okay.

  • May 27, 2014
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    My garden is wild and overgrown but it’s lush and green, i leave weeds like queen Ann’s lace because it looks pretty.

  • May 28, 2014
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    Definitely going to be OK! Better than okay–fabulous!! The reason you have such a rich beautiful garden is because you are an artist, not a manicurist. πŸ˜‰ Love it!

  • Judy C

    May 28, 2014
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    Your garden is amazing – wish I could see it in person. It reminds me of an English garden – just the right amount of perfect πŸ™‚

  • May 28, 2014
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    Looks beautiful! Would love to wander your garden! Will have to settle for a vicarious stroll. Keep posting pics. πŸ™‚

  • May 29, 2014
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    I found your blog via your comments on Celi’s thekitchensgarden and have been quietly popping in from time to time but your beautifully crafted garden has inspired me to compliment you on your style – garden, interior, art, and otherwise… Sadly distance prevents me from calling personally to your art in the garden show but I’ve vicariously enjoyed the preparations and I’m sure it will be a success.

  • June 8, 2014
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    So beautiful! I am enchanted with your garden!

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