Garden Diary - April 2015

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Saturday, 25 April 2015
Open Days Gardens in New Jersey

Here's advance notice. I'll add updates after the visits.

Spring was delayed this year. Cold and snow, more snow, more cold weather. The icy snow slowed me down too - the fall and fracture of my right wrist in mid-March has turned me into the rather grumpy, left-handed, one-fingered typist. Warm weather and sunshine has flowers leaping forth from the earth, racing into bloom and equally quickly going out of flower. If I blinked, the snowdrops were finished. I'm delayed as the reduction to get the bones back into place was not successful - the bones "settled." On April 14 I had a percutaneous reduction and pining. Which means that while I was blissfully unconscious the bones (which had had 4 weeks to knit together were unraveled) were put into proper alignment and pins now hold them in the proper position.

Frustrating at any time, but especially so in Spring. For a gardener. So if my garden is a source of frustration, what better to do than go and visit other gardens.

Upcoming on Saturday are two Garden Conservancy New Jersey Open Days gardens. I'll go with a friend and we'll have a good time. What's that you ask? Where are we going? Woodlove, Lainie and John Beavins garden (I've visited before but it is a garden worthy of repeat visits.) And Hay Honey Farm - lovely, when I visited last April.

Updates - Saturday, 25 April: A pleasant day with comfortable Spring weather. Pat, my WWOOFer, is chauffeur on today's outing since my right wrist is still healing, pins and all. But I will enjoy the garden visits, especially as these are friends' gardens. And a few of the "lefties" with my Canon point-and-shoot camera should be acceptable.

Off we go to Hay Honey Farm.

A slight dip below the freezing point last night, and magnolias
slightly tinted brown, have been lightly kissed by frost.

The vegetable and cutting garden are just getting underway. Rhubarb looks wonderful.
And this attractive trellis awaits a vine to which it can lend support.

Beautiful pattern revealed in the cut stump of a conifer.

White petals and beautiful warm peachy colors of these large cup daffodils.

Why visit gardens I've visited before? Because gardens change, day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year. And any day in a garden is better than one somewhere other than in a garden.

Onward to Lainie and John Beavins garden, Woodlove.

Easy to comprehend why Lainie and John named their garden Woodlove.

Small statues hither and yon. This small squirrel. And lots of frogs.

Everything is well done, even this roof over one of the wide-enough-for-equipment roads
that in this instance also doubles for wood storage.

But wait, there's more. This is also the weekend of the fabulous plant sale at the Leonard Buck garden, co-sponsored by the Watnong chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. If the frantic pursuit of purchasing plants is overwhelming, why then Pat and I will merely visit the garden.

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