13 July 2009

Garden Hopping with Nora and De

My mother would have had a good time yesterday. It was a beautiful clear summer day, perfect for garden hopping in a shiny red convertible. She'd have liked the gardens, she'd have loved the wind in her hair, and she have relished the fringe benefit of dissecting how the other half lives.

A couple of weeks ago, I'd emailed De to tell her about a Garden Conservancy Open Days event that was going to be near where she lives, thinking it might be something she'd like. One thing led to another and we ended up meeting at a diner just off a highway, piling into her shiny red car, and traipsing through the private gardens of three complete strangers, one garden more wondrous than the next.

By chance, Nora's head had arrived in the mail the day before (because I'm taking her to BlogHer next week), so I brought her (head) along for the ride.

Here's Nora on a fetching lichen encrusted teak bench, overlooking a marshy little cove.


Nora on the bench

And here she is in a topiary armchair, facing an inviting navy blue swimming pool (you'll have to take my word for that).

Nora on the chair
And last but not least, here's Nora cavorting with Atlas.

Nora with a leg

De organized the tour brilliantly. We started off at a lovely little garden, one that felt like home to me - I could have planted it, and maintained it, and enjoyed it. The next one was a far-fetched fantasy of topiary - a pair of lions, an elephant, the afore-mentioned armchair - on a not huge piece of land. It was done to a fare-thee-well, but was the garden of a person with a lot of help and the concomitant funds, and do you really want to live with all that topiary? The third garden was mind-blowing - secret paths through the woods, a koi pond surrounding a Chinese pavilion, fruit trees, a petanque court, sky blue lace cap hydrangeas at every turn, a grotto, sculpture tucked here and there, and a friendly orange tiger cat wandering through the bushes. As we were leaving, I told De I was going to go home and slit my wrists; she reasonably said that since it was so far out of the realm of possibility, there was no point to jealousy.

But I do have the urge to move the shrubbery around.

19 comments:

slouchy said...

How nice that you got to hang out with De!

painted maypole said...

if I send you my head will you take me out on an outing with De?

de said...

I loved it! Thanks so much for the link that started it all. I am surely addicted now. And as I recall, we also thought about going geo-caching. I bet Nora (and PM) would be in to that.

Mad said...

You met De? Swoon. I would love to hang with you and De even if it meant having my head served upon a ... stick.

nonlineargirl said...

I'd call that last photo great from head to toe.

heidi said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that post. But what's with you & the urge to move shrubbery around? ;-)

Maggie May said...

THat last photo is wacko! Glad you had fun.

Life in Eden said...

HIL-arious! Loved this one.

If I send you my head will you take me to BlogHer too? I'd love an outing with De too, except I don't know her. Now I must click on the link and meet her!

flutter said...

I love this post so much!

Vodka Mom said...

that is IT. I am sending you MY head.


xoxox


LOVE the CD.

alejna said...

That sounds like a wonderful time. I'd love to hang out with you and De, and look at pretty gardens. I think I would have enjoyed seeing the over-the-top topiary garden. (Over-the-topiary?)

That last garden sounds really, really wonderful, too.

Janet said...

I have never had the urge to move shrubbery. I am the laziest gardener ever.

You're going to BlogHer again this year! Fun! I'm not. Have a drink for me.

Kyla said...

How fun!

I wish I would be seeing you at BlogHer next weekend. Alas, my studies take precedence. Siiiiigh.

Nap Warden said...

That was fun:)

designHER Momma said...

looks like Dee has a good friend in you! too funny...

Debbie said...

That is just so fun! You are a riot.

Harriet said...

Perhaps I should have registered my head for Blogher. Oh well. Too late now!

the mama bird diaries said...

I'm glad you had such a lovely time. It looks beautiful. Love the head.

The LIbrary Lady said...

I am not sure whether I am more jealous of the garden tour or that you got to ride in De's cool red car!