Meadows Dawn


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“Out of the mid-wood’s twilight
Into the meadow’s dawn,
Ivory limbed and brown-eyed,
Flashes my Faun!

He skips through the copses singing,
And his shadow dances along,
And I know not which I should follow,
Shadow or song!

O Hunter, snare me his shadow!
O Nightingale, catch me his strain!
Else moonstruck with music and madness
I track him in vain!”

In The Forest – Poem by Oscar Wilde
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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

Peonies – The Hieroglyphics of Angels

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

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Beautiful Golden Copper Lydia

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.

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!