Baskets of Peonies from the Promise Gardens display their beauty in color and aroma that makes the heart smile. This season they were exceptional and every room was filled with vases and baskets of them. As they have completed their blooms for this season, we await the full bloom of the English Rose Garden which are so beautiful and we call our “baby peonies” in their petals, softness and glory. They, as the poet says “speak” in “hieroglyphics of angels” . . .
“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.
They are the hieroglyphics of angels,
loved by all men for the beauty of their character,
though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.”
~Lydia M. Child
Beautiful Golden Copper Lydia has been wonderfully dressed in a brilliant golden copper for 2018. She spent many years “natural” then to “dressed in blue” and now exquisitely dressed in gleaming golden copper. When the sun’s rays shine on Lydia she takes on a totally surreal beauty that only the light, sun and color could capture. Remember as you garden and tire of the “old look” you can always rejuvenate and beautify those sad garden statues and features to new again. Isn’t she lovely? We think so and even though the photos do not do true justice to her, the eyes do. Happy Gardening and be sure to add a “Lydia” to your gardens too.
Each year as we prepare the Promise Gardens for the Spring-Summer Flower & Rose Show we look for creative and new ways to feature plants and vines that make a “wow, come look closely at me.” This is especially important when you have large gardens with many trees and ones that “need a little help” in being admired. We work with the Arborists to clean up, take down and prune trees and utilize and then create new features. In the above image, this is a small very hard tree that needed help so after pruning we created a trunk structure to house a bird house perch and climbing clematis. These are always welcome in the garden for their natural beauty and secondary use to showcase climbing roses and clematis. These natural tree climbers create a “romantic” feature of loveliness in the gardens so don’t give up on your small or sad trees make good and creative use of them. Soon this climbing clematis will fill out all of the green vines with beautiful purple lavender flowers! Happy Gardening!
In the Promise Gardens we not only grow beautiful Roses, Peonies, plants and trees but each year we also grow our own wonderful herbs for our Beyondtheyum meals. They are great but also fun as we decorate the Promise Garden porch and potting tables with cute ways to display them. We even display them on a Herb Bike”!! Whether in small/large pots, in-ground or containers for the window sill, we love to GROW herbs. They are easy plus fresh herbs complement our recipes. So “Don’t Forget the Herbs” in your Summer garden and display them in fun ways including hand-painted pots and other container displays!
The Promise Garden is lighting up every day with flowering peonies and nothing makes our hearts happier than seeing this beautiful “smiling-at-us” yellow peony in full bloom. We call the yellow peony our “Happy Peony” because every time one blooms we burst out with joy and a huge smile. You can see why we love them so much. -Happy Gardening!