Saturday, February 23, 2013

Something to look forward to on a gray day


Yesterday and today have been what my mother used to call "disagreeable."  It's not that cold by Midwestern or New England standards, but it's not one of those days I want to get outside and work.  In fact, the ground is pretty soggy, and more rain is due on Monday and Tuesday.  The thermometer outside the kitchen door reads 45 degrees.  That's not so bad, but it's gray and misty, so I think I'll stay inside.

To lift my spirits, I thought of looking back at my pictures of Giverny, taken last June.  This is going to be never-ending because I must have taken a good 300 pictures on that one-day visit.

But, then I thought of another garden right here in Atlanta.  It's on a smaller scale, of course, but I have at least a good 100 or so photos that could easily be mistaken for a corner of Monet's famous French garden.

This is a border at Diana Mendes' Atlanta garden, taken last May.  I'm betting she has some daffodils right now and maybe some other bulbs popping up.  But, the bulk of her spring, summer and fall garden is likely still covered up.

So, to find some inspiration (could I ever have anything like this?  Only if I have a deer fence and work like a Trojan) on this less than lovely day, I thought I'd sift through my photos of Diana's garden.  Choosing just one was difficult - she has so many flowers, and I have photographed her garden in both May and October.  It's amazing how much she has packed into the fairly small space that is her front yard.

Right now, I'm dreaming about all the flowers I see:  larkspur, poppies, peonies, roses, foxgloves, sweet rocket, to name those just in this one little stretch.  Thank you, Diana, for all your hard work and for sharing your fabulous garden.  It's fun to see all these flowers on this February day.  I can't wait until spring in hopes that I can come again.