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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Don’t Forget The Herbs!

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!


A few helpful sites for growing herbs:  Better Homes & Garden and Burpee.

“And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” Genesis 1:29

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

Coleus in Beautiful Garden Design

It is almost show time again in the Promise Gardens and we are preparing the plethora of show pieces of colors, textures, flowers of every kind and description.  Grabbed a quick shot of these right before the deluge that is upon us.  This is definitely our favorite time of the year with the beautiful colors of spring, the trees blooming and happiness abounding in taking it all in.  Enjoy the season!

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COLEUS – These are a “must include” in the garden

More here… http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/annual/coleus-sun-edged/

Scenes of Garden Beauty

Wow, every year I am amazed at the natural beauty of the Promise Gardens in bloom. The colors this year are vibrant and the plants have taken on super-size (perhaps from our very cold, snowy winter) and I cannot bring enough cuttings indoors to enjoy in every room. Even with the many large walls of windows and glass doors, the views are spectacular from within, the aroma and close-up vases filled for indoors is a must too. How many ways can we adorn and show off the beauty of flowers in June?  Here are several from my Promise Gardens that I designed and enjoy.  Be encouraged to create beautiful vignettes for your garden too. Happy Gardening!

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June
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Indeed I feel as if I came too soon
To round your young May moon
And set the world a-gasping at my noon.
Yet come I must. So here are strawberries
Sun-flushed and sweet, as many as you please;
And here are full-blown roses by the score,
More roses, and yet more.
_Christina G. Rossetti

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