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!
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
From Gardens to Table – Perfumed Land of Spring Lilacs
These beautiful trees are abundant in flowers and aroma and fill the house and gardens with luscious blooms and fragrant aroma. I am in awe of them as they brighten my Morning Room and smile as I now have eight lilac trees from the mother trees and soon will have a grove of them in my “Perfumed Land of Spring Lilacs.” Stunning describes them best when brought indoors to photograph and enjoy.
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I, WHO fade with the lilacs And with the roses fade, Am sharing this hour with them Conferring in the shade.1 ~ ~ ~
We are once again in Fall season as the leaves change color, the skies are azure blue, the fall mums are blooming and we await the final days of color that will turn to bare trees and snowy ground. Fall is a favorite time of year to photograph the forests in the Shenandoah Valley and in the Promise Gardens before winter. We are off again to capture them all.
Enjoy the season as the Promise Gardens prepare for bedding down for winter soon. We will miss their blooms but anticipate them again in Spring!
Spring not only brings beautiful gardens to love and tend but also beauty to bring indoors. Our lilacs bloom abundantly in the Promise Gardens every year and they are a wonderful flowering specimen to have for show and delight. They can be reproduced amazingly fast and we now have seven lilacs at different stages of growth in the Promise Gardens. Did I mention the fabulous aroma? Bring them indoors for every room and instant loveliness! We have been sharing them with nearby neighbors for their gardens — a lovely life pleasing and rewarding gift from our Promise Gardens to theirs. Be sure to include them in your gardening design plan too – you will be greatly rewarded.
With Lilacs I BEG the pardon of these flowers For bringing them to one whose hair Alone doth shame, beyond compare, The sweetest blooms of richest bowers.