It’s a regular ritual – I strap on my walking shoes, set out to “get my exercise”, then begin scanning my route with hawk-like observation to discover that plant that I’ve never seen before or spot the hidden garden of a yet unknown gardening soulmate. Sometimes I return simply sweaty and ruefully satisfied the fresh air and accomplishing my 12,000 Garmin steps are good for my heart. But sometimes I uncover a gem along the way, as I did today, and my heart always benefits from viewing the beauty of nature and the passion of gardeners around me.
While in my hometown of Macon, Georgia for a high school reunion, I took off this morning for a long walk in an area that I’d never walked before. I looked up to see the entryway to a home that hinted at being a botanical delight. Mr. Willingham, the homeowner, just happened to be adding a few new plants when I walked by.
After a few minutes chatting about the unique tropical plants at his entryway, he asked if I would like to see the rest of the garden.
What followed was a beautiful wooded winding walk through 35 years of gardening love around the home of Mr & Mrs Willingham . Even in drought-stressed, mid-autumn condition, this art-accented garden showed pops of bright color like Turks Cap and Butterfly Weed Asclepsias .
Along a sloping bank was a harvest of lantana for a hord of butterflies.
A hidden treasure of a garden, a delightful conversation with a fellow garden geek newly met, and once again confirmation that there are so many beautiful places in the world around me yet to be discovered.
Adding a water-feature is not as daunting as some may think. And making that water-feature using a Crescent Garden light-weight planter means that you don’t have to hire extra muscle to get the planter to your home. Check out this easy transformation from planter to fountain that John Atkerson put together. John is the founder of Three Lions Garden Center located in Bowling Green, KY.
Growing Up Crescent – While at #garden2grow#mossmountainfarm with P. Allen Smith 25 social media influencers took a few minutes to learn about Crescent Garden planters and the history behind them from Crescent’s owner Paula Douer. They then were able to go back in time and pretend to be 7 year olds to compete in creating miniature gardens in a Crescent Garden Juno planter. The result was lots of laughter and a little bit magical. Growing Up Crescent Video
How about starting off spring with a new Crescent Garden planter? Lightweight, durable, and attractive, these planters are your plants’ best friend with their double walled insolation, large cavity for plenty of soil, and food-safe, completely recyclable #2 resin material. Head over to their Facebook page for a chance to win one of their planters!
Last January the Colonel and I were in Kauai, Hawaii and were able to visit Allerton Botanic Garden. There was much to see in design and flowering plants that were stunning, but the roots on the Giant Australian Fig Trees (Moreton Bay Figs) kept me mesmerized. Wouldn’t it be fun to grow up playing hide and seek among these roots?
Gardening is not just about the plants or design, but the weather that controls the life of those plants. This snowstorm will leave many plants damaged and many others sheltered from the cold. And it leaves me with visions of beauty.