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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Thank you's for beautiful gifts of art....

Posted on 2006.11.19 at 15:08


mechtild at 2006-11-23 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
P.S. I only just now looked at your garden in the three links at your website. I am literally weeping over their loveliness. The expanse itself is impressive! What an undertaking! Your own a Sissinghurst! Then I wept over the design of it. The site of your neighbour's sheep in that picture did me in. I am overwhelmed by the beauty and freshness of what you have made.
frodos_mum at 2006-11-24 08:30 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! My garden is a great source of beauty and pleasure for me. I consider my good fortune every day when I roam around it, or just gaze at it through a window.
Even when I have neglected the garden when my time has been taken up by artwork, it is still quite lovely to look at.
I do hope to add to the garden sections of my site in the future - I take hundreds of photos, but once again it is a matter of finding the time to reduce them all and upload 'em.
The day I took the photos of my neighbour's sheep was a particularly beautiful January (midsummer) afternoon.
mechtild at 2006-11-24 13:37 (UTC) (Link)
I do hope to add to the garden sections of my site in the future

I recall reading in your garden section that you plan to do a rose page. *swoons*

Who weeds these gardens, I'd like to know? I weed ours but they are postage stamps in comparison to yours. (And I loathe doing divisions, and cutting the tops off the perennials in spring.) That's an awful lot of work for one woman on a sit-down mower.
frodos_mum at 2006-11-25 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
I gather from your comment that you like roses? ;-) I love them too. I've planted approximately seventy since moving here six years ago. The rabbits ruined seven of them last winter - chewed them off at the roots. Little pests!
Anyway, yes I must do a special page of my roses at some stage. I have certainly had a bumper crop of blooms this spring (and took plenty of photos). I am wondering if that's because I neglected to prune them.
My husband and I weed our garden. In fact I was out spraying the weeds yesterday. The garden is too big to pull all the weeds out by hand.
I do most of the mowing. It takes about three hours to mow the main garden area, and another hour for the paddock, (which I like to call my mini-arboretum because I planted lots of young deciduous trees there a few years ago). It used to take me eight hours to mow the main lawn with the push mower. Glad those days are over!
mechtild at 2006-11-25 03:40 (UTC) (Link)
You both have to take great pleasure in this project. That's a lot of weeding, even using sprays, and a LOT of mowing!

It is too cold for roses here, except for some extremely hardy ones bred from this zone, none of which are very impressive. People do grow hybrid teas and fancy roses, but to winter them over they literally dig trenches next to the plants, cut back the tops and tie up the branches, dig them up and lay them in the trenches, cover them with soil, then cover all that with big bags of leaves piled up, or bales of hay. In the spring they uncover them and re-plant them. This is definitely not something I would bother doing, no matter how lovely roses are!

frodos_mum at 2006-11-25 14:06 (UTC) (Link)
Goodness me! Are you living at the North Pole or on top of Mount Everest?
Those rose-lovers certainly have to go to a lot of trouble over their plants. Such dedication!

I am always reminded when I 'talk' with other people on the Internet, how fortunate I am to be living in my temperate climate. I wouldn't like to go without the sight and scent of an abundance of roses in bloom: spring, summer and autumn. Some roses actually have a sprinkle of flowers throughout winter, until I prune them, or we have a few frosts.

I will try to put some rose photos on my website in the next month or two, so you can look at them in the middle of winter. ;-)
mechtild at 2006-11-25 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
I will try to put some rose photos on my website in the next month or two, so you can look at them in the middle of winter. ;-)

Oh, goody goody goody!

In hardiness zones, I live on the southwest tip of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Our growning zone is zone 4(lows of -30 to -20 F, -35 to -29 C) . This would be comparable to only the upper reaches of Scandanavia and Finland, away from the moderating temperatures of the sea. The British Isles, for instance, are mostly zones 8 and 9, with a tiny bit of zone 7 in the Scottish mountains. Yes, it can be daunting to the gardener. My greatest sadness is the fact that so few trees I love are hardy here. There is a lamentable sameness about the woods - aspen, birch, fir, poplar, with a bit of maple and very little oak. Beeches don't grow here, a tree I love. Elms grew here rather well, but Dutch Elm disease has taken most of them.
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