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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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I love all the foliage combinations in this bed. One of my big problems is my love of color and using that as my main criteria for plant choices, forgetting that foliage is a big part of the overall effect. The silver mound is gorgeous in your setting and I think I'm going to try it out next year in a new bed I put in the front against the sidewalk.

I've noticed people looking when they walk by (especially young kids) but they seem to be very careful as if I'm going to scream at them if they stop and touch something or look more closely. Maybe that silver mound will give it a friendlier, stop and enjoy me look.

Can't wait to see the left side.


And I need to go the other direction, Jennifer -- more color! Actually, earlier in the season when the forget-me-nots and azaleas were in bloom, there was a nice color impact here. But I clearly need to adjust the design based on the timing of blooms, and do more with annuals, to ensure color throughout the season here.


I love posts like this, where you show in detail what's where and what's what and why you like it or why you don't. It's information like this that's really helpful when planning my own garden.

I love all the colors and textures here, too. I must get some 'Silvermound.' My daughter has it too, and loves it.


This was an interesting post ... casting a critical eye over parts of the garden is a good thing to do. New ideas come to mind ... you can decide if something works the way you wanted it to, or not. It is a way for all of us to learn too.

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