Man is inspired by nature to create gardens

I have always felt that a garden is the most unnatural thing in nature.  We spends hours battling weeds, pests and deer and worrying about too much rain, not enough rain, too much sun or not enough sun.  We spend ridiculous amounts of money (well I do) on enhancing the soil, buying organic sprays for the roses and the latest deer repellent.   Let's not even talk about the money spent yearly on buying bushes, annuals and perennials!  None of our gardens would ever happen naturally - We create them out of brute force and sheer tenacity against Mother Nature.  We pour our heart and soul and sweat into these gardens. It is because of this struggle that I find that every garden tells a story. 

I was lucky enough to purchase my family home in Southport, Connecticut, 22 years ago. I was even luckier that I was also purchasing the flower garden my mother created on the property back in 1965.  She had the vision to turn an unruly mess of overgrown bushes into a beautiful garden that has played an important part of my family's history ever since.  It served as the backdrop for my older sister's wedding photos and my niece recently had her engagement pictures taken there. It is where we have held family reunions and birthday parties, and numerous charity fundraisers. But it is also a place for moments of solitude and reflection when the world gets to be a bit overwhelming. 

Of course the garden has changed over the years.  Gardens need to change and develop as gardeners are never truly 100% satisfied -It can always be better!   During my time I expanded the garden and added our Lattice House garden structure.  But some things have remained the same - a peony plant that my mother planted all those years ago remains in the same spot.  Every June I look forward to its blooming - it is like my Mother coming for a visit and checking in on her garden.  I know she would approve of what we have done as I always feel her guiding hand when I am working there.

And that's my garden's story....

Like everything else these days Memorial Day looked and felt very different this year.  No parade, no family cookouts, no dire warning from the AAA that this will be the worst traffic weekend ever - it was all very still.   

We decided to try and make the best the best of things and do a lobsters and clams dinner on our porch.  Our old house has three porches, a front porch, a porch off the kitchen and a large porch off the living room.  This porch is where we live and entertain during the summer months.  Since our house is built into the side of a hill the porch sits very high and catches wherever breeze there is.  It is furnished with a couch and wicker arm chairs and a dining table where we can squeeze 6 people for dinner (pre social distancing) 

We called up our friends at  Norm Bloom & Son in East Norwalk and ordered the seafood.  Norm's claim to fame is his Copps Island Oysters which are featured on every restaurant menu here and around the country. Chances are if you love oysters you have had a Copps Island oyster.  Going down to the dock to pick up oysters, clams and lobsters is a fun experience.  This is a working dock and it is great knowing that the shellfish is a fresh as it can be.

As it turned out it was much too cold to eat on the porch so we ended up eating in our kitchen. We opened up all the windows to give it a bit of an outdoor feeling, popped  a bottle of Champagne and gave thanks to all of those that served our country. 



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