Post last updated: October 10th, 2018

When you write a blog, your readers get to know you long before you get to know them in the Comments. Even though it’s probably obvious that I am a few sparklers short of a genuine firecracker, some of my readers summoned the courage to visit me and my gardens in June.

My friend Evie came but she’s been coming out here for years because she won’t allow me to come to her house. I was banned after I talked her into a small landscaping project that had her neighbors pulling up their lawn chairs to witness the unbelievable.

BeckyB signed on as a blog subscriber about a year ago. She visited in early June when the daylilies and hydrangeas were in their prime. We did not happen to commemorate the visit with a photo but you can find Becky B’s photo at Mandarin Garden Club Report.

Meta has been a blog subscriber more than two years. Although she lives south of me by two hours, she came up Saturday with three family members (in case I was scary crazy) who graciously sat in my rocking chairs while Meta and I swapped seeds and plants. She brought me two kinds of daylilies and taught me about daylily proliferations. I was also very excited to get some of her peacock ginger which was unknown to me until she mentioned it a while back.

Meta came early to beat the heat but it was one of those days when the the heat index hit 101. Here’s a photo of us two hours after we had melted on the garden path.

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Me on the left; Meta on the right.
Photo by Mariea

Meta whipped out her ipad – everyone seems to have one of these gadgets – and shared photos of her garden. I thought her clay pot border was ingenious and asked for permission to publish it on the blog. She used what she had and accumulated more clay pots over the years from garage sales and anywhere she could find them. She likes that the different heights — 3-1/2 inch, 4-1/2 inch, 5 inch, 5-1/2 inch, 6 inch, 7 inch, 8-1/2 inch and every kind of width — make it visually interesting.

I know the clay is more restful to the eye and natural looking in the garden but the artist in me can’t help but wonder what it would look like with a little paint. Wild metallic colors of shiny teal and purple on alternating pots. Whoa-ho-ho, I love purple and shiny.

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Isn’t this great?
Photo by Meta.

The yellow wheelbarrow in the right-hand corner of the photo is Meta’s rooting bed.

24 thoughts on “GARDEN VISITORS”

  1. 🙂 I’m not sure what I like best – that amazing garden or your phrase, “a few sparklers short of a genuine firecracker”. Ha ha! I’m gonna put that one in my mental file of great metaphors right alongside “that boy’s cheese done slid off of his cracker” – from The Green Mile. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and great one-liners!

    1. Hey Sofie! Haven’t heard from you in ages. Hope you are hard at work on that bestseller. I am forever making up stuff like “a few sparklers…” because I’m always trying to define the world of someone who is never quite “all there”.

  2. How fun to meet your readers and exchange plant material. I love the clay pots they look so nice and neat. Yes, I would have a hard time not painting or embellishing them with shiny glass gems, or other bling. Nice post.

  3. Pink and purple with sparkles is THE best!!! Love the flower pot border…I will be doing this in my garden! Loved visiting you and rocking. An old fashioned kind of day! Thanks!!

  4. I am so sorry I didn’t get to come in June. Maybe I could get an invitation for October? I, too, love the clay pot border. My former rose garden bed needs new timbers. Maybe it will get clay pots instead. Happy fourth to you and your Dad. I, too, love the sparklers line!!! Your blog makes my world happy!!!

  5. Even though you are now old, I think you can do what you want. I am not old and I do what I want…

  6. I love peeking into peoples gardens. Especially back yard gardens. There you find the oddities and cute stuff. I like the clay pots too. But I love the yellow wheel barrow being used for a rooting bed.

  7. Hi Linda,
    We had a great day visiting you. My family enjoyed sitting on your porch and taking in your beautiful garden, while you and me strolled through the gardens. Thanks All for the nice comments. Since I am not creative the clay pots will have to live through life unadorned however.

    Linda, I loved your border plants that goes around your entire flowerbed.
    Have you ever done a post on those? What is the name of them? How long did it take you to acquire that many to go around?

    The plants that you gave me all have found a good home in my garden now. It is fun to see them and remember where they came from.

    1. Meta – the border plants around my flower beds are liriopi. There are three kinds on our property. Only the large clumping kind that I have is the really good kind to have. The other kinds don’t get as tall and spread indiscriminately. I don’t know the name of the kind I have. Momma got it a hunnerd years ago from a neighbor when we lived in another section of Jacksonville. Momma shared some of hers with me when I moved onto the property in 1989. I didn’t have enough so I spaced them a foot apart and waited for them to fill in. They bloom at this time of year. If you invite me to your house in the fall, I will bring you some. I’m trying to put an image in here to show other readers a facsimile of my bordergrass. Again, I don’t know which kind I have.
      liriope muscari Webster Wideleaf

  8. Linda, I would love for you to come and see my garden. Looking forward to it already.
    BTW, I put the Basil cuttings in water and I just noticed one of them is showing some roots. Yeah!
    Your Liriopi I believe is of the Lily Turf variety. Yes, I would love it if you could bring me some. That would be great.
    I would also like to come back in the Spring to see your Azaleas bloom.

    1. Meta – You are certainly welcome to come see the azaleas in March but most of the Southern Rural Route looks pretty ratty at that time of year (I usually have not yet weeded my flower beds of dollar weed and betony or done other spring clean-up).
      That’s less than a week for roots on the basil. I’ll have to try the water method because rooting in soil seemed slower.
      I suppose my liriope might be the Big Blue Lily Turf (Liriope muscari) variety unless that is the really big, tall stuff. I don’t have that giant stuff you see in professional landscaping. Give me an idea how much you want because I can go behind my liriopi and dig out a hunk that I’d never miss. You might end up with trashbags full of the stuff… Poor Mariea.

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