I am not sure if it is courageous or foolhardy, but I agreed to show my garden on tour this year. On Saturday, an as yet unknown number of strangers will descend and fan out across the garden, wielding their opinions and judgments. I fear for my innocent garden in the face of all those opinions!
This is what is in bloom now in my garden:
This is what is about to bloom:
This is the blurb I was asked to write to describe my garden:
Amy is a Master Gardener, and a student Landscape History at the Landscape Institute in Boston. Amy designed the current garden from scratch. Before 2005 another house stood on the present site. The previous house was leveled and the property reconfigured to its present condition. Starting with nothing but an idea and a lot of backbone, Amy designed the garden and planted, by herself, almost all the plant material (with the exception of the large trees and some larger shrubs). Amy likes to plant small because 1) it is less expensive and 2) she is then able to do it herself. Peonies are Amy’s favorite flower. The initial peony bed, the one in front of the yew hedge to the left of the house, was planted in 2006. The long peony border, which is along the back of the formal garden, was planted in 2010. The three peony beds within the middle of the formal garden were planted in the fall of 2012 to celebrate a seminal year in Amy’s life (as was the Scarlet Oak / Coccinea Quercus in the front left of the front garden) Amy’s current project, begun in 2011, is the White Border along the stone wall. This border has been slow to progress since finding the specific white perennials desired is proving difficult. The garden has a winter, spring and fall focus.
At this point in the process of preparing my garden to go on tour I have completely lost perspective. I ask myself (and everyone else in earshot) Is it a nice garden? Is it worthy to go on tour? Should I have waited another year? Should I have pulled out that lavender? Should I have put in that chamaecyparis? In two days time, I may have some answers to these questions.