Our dear friends in Maine and all our out of town friends always fill our cottage with love and laughter. Fox Drink Ledges is a home and hard to leave, but I know I will be there in just a few months.
Now I am at home in San Luis and trying to work in the garden, write, take time for my family, and prepare for our trip tomorrow to Madison, Wisconsin, which is one of my all time favorite towns.
This morning from 6 to 7 host Joy Cardin, Wisconsin Public Radio, welcomed me to her program. We took calls from listeners and answered their question. One caller said that she has planted a memory garden in honor of beloved family members. Each person is represented by his or her favorite flower. Every time she looks at her memory garden she is reminded of people who are dear to her heart. I likened it to a patchwork quilt, pieced with fragments of colorful memories and love.
The garden here is exploding with life. Fat pink crepe-papery crabapple blossoms sway above a bed of blue penstemon, native speckled pink clarkias, rockets of yellow columbine, and a mat of 20 varieties of thyme (from Mountain Valley Growers).
Last night I planted two tall terra cotta pots with corn, strawberry popcorn, zinnias, moonbeam coreopsis, and butterscotch wallflowers. Along the edges of the pots, I tucked in painted lady runner beans, which will form a cascading curtain of leaves, and salmon and white blooms. These pots will shine from late May through September.
Off to pack and get ready for Madison. Remember, fill with love and laughter!
I check my blog entries every day and although I am on the road and can't answer everyone, I do treasure and appreciate your words, memories, and good wishes.
Check out Lowe's http://gardengrowalong.blogspot.com for the words of 8 passionate (and opinionated) American gardeners.