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....