I got the best compliment a few hours ago from a neighbor and friend who was sharing a glass of wine out back in my garden. (Btw city gardens do have one single advantage over country and suburban gardens who have all the space, lack of noise, tons of sun, blah blah blah, everything everything.....we have neighbors all up and down the street who stop by because they are dying to see what is going on behind the white picket fence! It kicks butt, I have a bottle of wine on the chill for just such occasions which happen about once a week. They bring stuff too. I just got a jar of homemade preserves out of this, last week I got a vase full of roses from a neighbor who has to be away the entire month of May and picked all the roses on the bush for me!)
Ok, back to the compliment. (I have been drinking wine, as mentioned, so plan on this being incredibly verbose with lots of parentheticals and no editing - as you suggested I do IG, eat your heart out). She said, "Wow. This garden looks like an English country garden!" Cha-ching. She can come back forever anytime she wants and camp in the backyard too! I was so self-proud I was almost rendered speechless but due to the two point five glasses of wine before the comment I was, in actuality, rendered nothing of the sort. I haven't shut up for a moment since.
After I got finished blabbing how it was nothing, and anyone could do it, and no I really haven't spent 40 hours a week working on this garden (lies, all of em), I honed in on what exactly she meant. We actually have a style of garden here, outrageously known as "Charleston Style" which 90% of gardens around here adhere to. First, it looks 'right' (semi formal) and second the things in them tend to be no brainers here and make for beautiful easy gardens. People love Charleston gardens around here, myself included. My front garden, if I should ever actually get the wild onions out, will eventually look like that too. I've got tourists to impress, after all. I cringe at what they must think now, but hey, my house is Carribean pink, that has to count for something. Ps. for those of you who are curious what a double porch style house or the front garden looks like (flowergardengirl), its coming, its coming, I just have to actually plant something out front so I am not embarrassed on the internet here by the 800 wild onions, unlevel dirt, and ugly hedges. Its one thing to talk about them, its another to display.
So anyhow also now that I am typing typsy, and I have your attention and I continue to go off topic, cheers to you, all my loyal readers, my new readers, and of course, Jean, who adopted me when I was two days old. I would bring you some jam and come and visit your garden too if I could. Meredith, when I go camping this summer out that way, I might just be lurking in your yard.... (not in a creepy way though, I'd ask first.)
Love, Jess (with an english country garden hehe, probably until July when it all goes into heat shock)
(next post will include no parentheticals I promise)
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