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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