my first blog

I am a day late but that’s because my computer is dying on the vine as it were.? Today I’m going out to buy an iMac and hope that my computer woes will be over.? I have been on the phone and with techies to the point of distraction from work.

This is the season for visiting gardens and yesterday was a classic event.? I went with my friends Susan and Sondra to Tom Deacon’s garden. I think it’s one of the best in the country and you can read about it and see his own glorious photographs in the current issue of Gardening Life magazine.?? We did what good garden visitors should always do:? took some really nice food, wine and plenty of enthusiasm.?

Visiting is tricky—you can’t criticize and you can’t just furble on witlessly.? But no chance of either with this garden. It is everything I remembered and more. A new season another year of growth.? Of course many of the photos in the magazine were taken last year. I was thrilled when Susan who is a wonderful gardener said she thought some of them were so inspirational she cut them out of the magazine something she doesn’t normally do.

What holds up?magnificently at this time of year?is the black border and I’m going to write about it in an upcoming issue. His garden is a wonderful example of why really good structure serves us well in the garden. Even as the season closes down there is the form to engage the eye.? Foliage is important but it’s the form that’s so striking.

We all developed Great Dixter Envy because Susan had just returned from taking a course there over a week. This is the magnificent garden of the late Christopher Lloyd.? But apart from that what fun?to spend hours and hours talking gardens without boring anyone half to death.?

I’m hoping that I will be looser and more comfortable?with this in another day or?so and I’ll figure out how to put pictures on here.? This is a whole new learning curve for me.? Anyway onwards and?upwards and into the garden.

Marjorie?? September 26, 2007?

  • aligor

    September 26, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    We’ll have patience, don’t worry. I can’t think of anything better to get us through the coming winter than your blog.

  • Liam

    September 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    Love your articles, looking forward to more of the blog!

  • shauna haugen

    September 30, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    hi, marjorie.
    i’m behind on visiting your blog. and it’s all new to me despite having a computer, but my husband is the technie, not me. I’m weeding and making tomato sauces today…. a glorious sunday. and yes, i did take some photos. i love the horizontal format you have chosen.
    As for your blog bit, i recommend specifically referencing dates of “current issue”, etc. It’s kinda like telling us to photograph now — we won’t remember soon: i’m reading this on the cusp of a new month, but you wrote this late september, yet bookstores, etc. often replace your current with next month. Dates are important, i’ve discovered.
    Second ‘critical’ (in the best sense of the word) comment, there will be folks reading your blog who know nothing about gardening or who are green, green; so, a few words of explanation in your references to who’s who would be helpful. e.g., Who is Tom Deacon? Where? and can we go, too? Who is Christopher Lloyd? Where? and maybe even why is his garden fabulous??
    cheers from one who hates chipmunks as of this year!

    p.s. looking forward to hearing more about structure. and black borders. Any tips on cutting clean edges on beds amidst well established country grass/lawn?