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.