Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Missing Previous Gardens
I was reading the Ceramic Arts Daily today and decided to look at Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle's website Chosin Pottery, Inc. They have some wonderful pottery in their galleries, but be sure to check out their online garden tour and the plants section on their website. As I took their garden tour I found myself missing my previous gardens. The photo above was taken in my current garden in summer and shows my lavender gift shop which I have converted into my clay studio.
For now (our home and gardens are for sale, please contact me for more information if you are interested in moving to this paradise), I live in an arid climate. I have established some beautiful gardens with the help of low cost, gravity-fed irrigation here at Springville Lavender Gardens, where I grow lavender, other perennials, fruits and vegetables. But I used to live in the Sierra Nevada mountains for ten years, near Mt. Lassen for two years, and near Twain Harte for two years. My gardens in the last three locations were very different than my gardens here. In my three previous gardens the locations were heavily forested and I grew many of the plants you'll see shown on the website of Robin and Judi. This photo is from my upper lavender field with some Tropicana lily in the foreground.
Gardening in the forest or the mountains is much different than gardening in a valley or in an arid climate. A forest or mountain garden changes with the season dramatically and the plants that thrive there are much different. The foliage on plants in the forest is a brighter green while the foliage in an arid garden is a more gray green or olive color. The sun is more intense in an arid garden and I can feel the heat all around me here even in winter. In a mountain garden the sun is dappled and I recall feeling the coolness exuding from the plants especially in the morning and evening. The photo above is some rosemary and french lavender growing near the herb garden pergola near our house.
If you make a comparison to my gardens shown here to the ones of Robin and Judi's, perhaps you'll see why I was missing my previous gardens today. Unfortunately when I lived at my mountain gardens, I didn't have a digital camera, so I don't have any photos to post of those gardens. One of these days I'll have to scan photos of my mountain gardens so you can see what they looked like. The photo above is my Cecile Brunner rose arbor which needs pruning as we speak. I better take advantage of the good weather and get busy.