Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Patricia's Gardens: Some things are just meant to be. Part I

 The first year that I moved to northern Alabama was a year of discovery. Mostly just around my own neck of the woods.
After I found the main roads to my shopping destinations, I expanded my search to some of the back roads for a more relaxed drive. Well, it can be a little difficult to relax when you find a road with some of the most spectacular gardens on the mountain. The road I'm speaking of is the same road that I wrote about in October 2009 titled Living in a Dream. click here to see post.
Now there was this particular property on this road that turned my head and had me laying my foot on the break every time we drove by. Morgan had to here me say "next time I see someone in that garden, we're stopping" over and over again. Then finally, one June day when we were heading home from her swimming lessons, there she was! A lady in that garden! I hit the brake and we pulled in the driveway. Sure it was the wrong driveway but that was fine, when I asked if I could see her garden she welcomed me with open arms!
It was Patricia and we stood and spoke about gardens and gardening for over an hour. We felt like we'd been friends forever. It was meant to be.
These are photos from last summer.
Morgan in front of the massive cactus.

Look at these beautiful rows!
 The birds are very welcomed on this property. What friend of mine wouldn't welcome the birdies!

Oh and a dog in the garden with a smile like that! See it was meant to be! Meet Maddie.

Patricia and her husband live on the edge of the mountain, and they garden right to the bluff!

There are some big boulders in the woods behind their house but wait until you see the ones across the road!

We have many plants that are the same, but we also have some that we plan to share.

I brought Patricia one of my Blackberry Lilies and she told me that when a friend gives you a plant you are not supposed to thank them, if you do, it won't grow.
That is really going to be difficult for both of us, but I think we figured out a way to get around it. When she told me this story she gave me a wink and we both understand what that means.
I think we just started a tradition!

Tomorrow Part II: Our walk in her woods.


Rusty said...

A beautiful creation. Waiting to see the woods tomorrow.

Cheryl said...

How wonderful to have a friend who is also a gardener. That is a dream.
I can see why you fell in love with the space. Is is beautiful
and shows a landscape that I am not familiar with.
Blogging is wonderful for feeding the eyes and mind.....

Cheryl said...

Oh could I have forgotten the cute dog with the charming smile!!

...but hey, that's just me! said...

Sweet Home Alabama! I miss it so much! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!

I am amazed cactus grows there. I love cactus!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

How wonderful to have a friend so close! Especially when you sound like twins! It's meant to be, babe. Love the sweet pup!!! Looking forward to Part 2, dearie.

Roy said...

That's an amazing place Evie.
Those Blackberry Lilies are beautiful.

Frank said...

Gardeners the world over have an unwritten code ... it's called being generous. Enjoy your new friendship.

farmlady said...

A wink for a thank you... I love this. I hope your friendship continues and that you always share the love of gardens with her.
It's a beautiful place.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Just beautiful Eve, love the photos of the Lace Capped Hydrangea. Do I detect a smile on Miss Morgan's face? Your photo's have enhanced my desire to dirt in the dirt. That is if spring ever comes my way!

bunnits said...

How lovely. I feel like a total slacker in the gardening department.

Our backyard looks like a disaster area thanks to Dixie the Demolition Dog. I don't think it will ever be the same. Wow, a dog that respects a garden--what a dream.

Kerry Hawkins said...

Beautiful shots, I am a bit jealous.

Toni said...

Tried to leave a comment the other day, but I guess it didn't work. Anyway, isn't it wonderful when we meet kindred gardening spirits :-) And I am coveting those boulders!!!

bluekat said...

I must have been too thankful for my plants...I have a number of them that don't grow! What is the plant in the second to last pic? Hydrangea? It's very pretty!

Eve said...

Thanks all, so glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, Kari, that is a Hydrangea...I hope to have a beautiful on like this someday.