Saturday, May 9, 2009


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Sorry it has been so long since our last post. As you may have seen from our website we have been busy photographing and adding new items. We have more to come but thought we would take a few moments to add a new blog entry.

Spring is such a wonderful time of year and it’s hard not to think of Tasha Tudor at this time of year when the Forget-Me-Nots are in bloom. They were, after all, one of her favorite flowers. On a Secret Garden tour of the Tudor properties a few years ago with our best friend Mark, we were fortunate to be able to walk thru Tasha’s very own “Secret Garden” where Forget-Me-Nots grew aplenty. It was magical and we had the added thrill of Tasha waving to us from her kitchen window as we passed by. It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since her passing. We think of her often and miss her outlook on the world around us.

Here in Sasha’s Garden, named so for our wonderful cat of 8 years, the FMNs self seed each year and grow between the bricks. It makes for a spectacular display with our wicker furniture and white fence with Quince in the background. Once the flowers go to seed we collect a few to spread around the yard to bloom elsewhere next year. For a really great look we sprinkle the seeds under fruit trees or honeysuckle bushes. More pics to follow.

Mark is always amazed at how our variety of FMNs are in bloom so much earlier than his, even though we are 5 hours northeast of him. Our blooms are, unfortunately, very short lived while Mark’s bloom throughout the summer. We wish that ours would last just a tad longer. He has loads of FMNs that grow along the river in a very natural setting. Just beautiful! In addition to having a green thumb and a wonderful eye for landscape design Mark is a very talented author in his own right. Be sure to check out his website to read about his wonderful, heartwarming books and peek inside his home & gardens. He & his partner Lane have been featured in several well known magazines such as Country Living, Country Home & Early American Life.

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In the words of Tasha Tudor - ‘Take Joy.”

Until next time . . . N & V


Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Growing up, forget me knots grew the same way in our backyard and neighborhood. My mom saved their seeds and shared them with neighbors.

And Tasha Tudor is indeed missed. When our kids were young, we got many of her books and the kids adored them especially because my husband's parents had Corgi's at that time. It was fun for them to find the Corgi's in the illustrations. Now I have those same books set aside to share with our grand daughter after she is born. I suspect Tasha's legacy lives on in many many more households as well. Thanks for a great walk down memory lane!

hugs, Linda

PS Mark's books are joining that library as well!

Anonymous said...

My heart is a-flutter. What an enchanting garden you've managed to coax into bloom! If I were there, I'd dare not breathe for fear of disturbing the fairies and elves that must surely dance among the heavenly florescence.

Have you ever seen any?

New England Primitives said...

And we're that much further behind you and don't have the added bonus of having the forget-me-nots blooming all summer, like Mark's. Ours were planted in the garden bed beside the house, but they seem to be most happy blooming amongst the pea gravel in the driveway!! Has Mark given you any seed of his variety to try? Perhaps you'd then have a patch that were long lived. And yours are so tall....mine is just a couple of inches at the most, but a lovely deep blue indeed. There must be several varieties out there. Have you torn up your raised beds and replanted them yet? What's going in there now? Will we see pictures?

Map said...

I have a collection of Tasha Tudor books that I put out seasonally! Started when my girls were small! How special to have been in her gardens. I love FMK to, and we have some around a pond in our backyard!

Susannah said...

What a picture! Forget-Me-Nots are truly one of my favorite flowers! Thank you for sharing.

Constance said...

I love visiting your blog. The forget me knots are beautiful, this brings me to mind of a quiet little enchanted garden. Thank you for sharing.