The Gardener

The Gardener

The gardener does not love to talk.
He makes me keep the gravel walk;
And when he puts his tools away,
He locks the door and takes the key.

Away behind the currant row,
Where no one else but cook may go,
Far in the plots, I see him dig,
Old and serious, brown and big.

He digs the flowers, green, red, and blue,
Nor wishes to be spoken to.
He digs the flowers and cuts the hay,
And never seems to want to play.

Silly gardener! summer goes,
And winter comes with pinching toes,
When in the garden bare and brown
You must lay your barrow down.

Well now, and while the summer stays,
To profit by these garden days
O how much wiser you would be
To play at Indian wars with me!

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Robert Louis Stevenson

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“The Gardener” from the Art on Canvas  Collection of Jay&Jacy Photography  ©2018 All Rights Reserved

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Romantic Gardens Made Simple


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!

 

The Art of Gardening

One of the most important aspects of gardening is the ability to create beautiful art work for your home, to share, gift and cheer.  As Master Gardeners and Artists, we take great care and joy in creating beautiful art for our homes and to share with others. These images were photographed this morning after rain so that I could create art for 2018 Rose & Garden Show. The backdrop is my handpainted window which overlooks the Promise Gardens and which adds additional impact and beauty to the vases. So then, it is not just the creating-tending gardens but also the sharing through giving, designing, creating art and memories. Art extends the life of what we have enjoyed from our gardens in color, light, aroma and beauty. It is no wonder that our famous artists were lovers of gardens as well! Happy Gardening! @jacyjoypals @JayJacyPhotography

Loveliness at Promise Gardens


Loveliness is everywhere you just have to look around you in God’s creation we see beauty, love, hope and eternity. In our Promise Gardens it is filled with life, color, aroma, art and life from birth to death, creation at its best and worst. How blessed are we to be able to create, sow, seed, grow and tend the generous supply of creation our God’s has given us. It is WHY we love the creation in all of its splendor and have just a little of it in our own gardens. -JacyJoypals

The Rose of Promise Gardens

It’s that time again as we prepare for our Rose & Garden Show 2018.  A few favorites from the past.

In our eyes, nothing is more beautiful than the blooms of roses and peonies…our favorites! So then, a few rose delights for the eyes and thoughts for the heart!

Promise Garden Roses

Promise Garden Roses

A White Rose

THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

John Boyle O’Reilly. 1844–1890

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