There was plenty of laughter this weekend for my sister Laurie and I as we attended the Master Gardener tour. This wonderful tour happens every year and this is the first time I have gone. My cousin Karen has her garden on the tour this year so that was my incentive.
Bursting blooms, riotous color and delicate scents captured our attention as soon as we stepped into the first garden.
The humidity has been great for all the hostas this year.
Obviously this gardener does not have male dogs who seem to delight in my yard in changing the color of the hostas. Is it only in cartoons that the dogs only prefer trees and fire hydrants? At my house, Oscar prefers the hostas.
Fairies guarded the gardens. Apparently they come in all varieties.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." Emma Goldman
The fragrance of climbers, shrub roses and tea roses perfumed the air. There is something sweet and nostalgic about the rose. Many yards had the wonderful David Austin rose with a fragrance so sweet that I must find it for my own yard!
The fairies in this yard had their own front door at the base of a tree!
And later we found their little village!
One of my favorite gardens was situated on two acres. The top part of the yard was planned and contained but the back part had paths winding down the hillside, over a bridge and along a delightful creek. It was hot, the air was humid and even though the trudge back up the hillside was exhausting the narrow path through the woods was still inviting!
Laurie can't resist the lure of the rose, even though several bees were there before her!
My favorite garden belonged to my cousin Karen. These beautiful roses and larkspur bordered her whole back yard and were the backdrop of her lovely swimming pool!
There was even a little fairy peeking from the flowers and guarding the swimmers
in her garden!
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead
where there is no path
and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson
And so it was a wonderful day, full of beauty, ramblings and laughter. But most importantly enjoying God's gift of my beautiful sister and the world he made for us!