Friday, May 21, 2010

Gardening With Friends

Gardening is fun, it is rewarding, obsessive and lonely unless you have special gardening friends.  There is nothing better than doing the nursery field trips looking for those special plants each year.  It is even more rewarding if you have someone that shares that wanderlust each spring when it's time to hit the garden centers.

I have such a friend who is willing to drop everything and look for plants, even going out of state to visit a unique garden center!  We have travelled miles together looking for those new introductions, attending plant walks, workshops, etc.  I talked her into joining my garden group, and I think she feels it was a good choice, lots of obsessive gardeners all in one place with lunch thrown in and usually a speaker.

Garden blogging is a wonderful connection for gardeners but it does not replace climbing into the 4-wheel drive with a buddy to go "plant chasing."

21 comments:

Millie said...

The clematis is so pretty, and so are all the others...good photos!

Becca's Dirt said...

You are so fortunate. I do not have such a friend. It sounds like loads of fun. Your clematis - all of them are stunning especially Fire Works and Jubilee.

LC said...

Hi Eileen... just lost my comment... what I was trying to say is that your clematis are wonderful and I really like the hosta photo as well... A number of my hosta don't look that great as there is considerable 'young bunny' damage. This time of the year the older rabbits stay pretty much away from my plants, but the little ones 'take no prisoners'! larry

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Larry, I found a baby bunny in my garage last weekend, so I know they are around. So far, they haven't touched my hosta.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Becca. For years, I did all my plant hunting solo. Fireworks is at Home Depot as of the other day.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Millie for the nice comments.

Eileen

noel said...

aloha,

you have beautiful spring blooms coming out today, i love the various clematis...they are amazing

thanks for sharing it today

Paula said...

As usual your flowers are beautiful and your veggies and chives look yummy! Thanks for sharing, Paula in IDaho

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Eileen. Your clematis vines are all so pretty. Chives really have wonderful blooms on them don't they? Your lettuces look so good.They look pretty together too.I hope the rains leave soon and we can enjoy this warmer weather coming in. Have a wonderful weekend.

Nancy's Notes said...

What gorgeous plants!! My favorite one is your Gaillardia Arizona Sun, it's awesome!

Thanks for sharing!

Nancy

garden girl said...

Having in-person gardening friends is wonderful. I'm so grateful having family and friends who share my gardening passion. I lost a dear gardening friend recently - especially poignant this time of year. A gardening friend is a true treasure.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your clematis are gorgeous, and I'll be sharing them with a friend too, gonna e-mail a link! Have a nice weekend!

Tootsie said...

I have to agree...and there are no gardeners around my area that I know. It is lonely...but I won't stop!!! I am glad you have someone to share it with..and that you shared those gorgeous photos with us!

Jim Groble said...

The clematis are awesome. Nothing looks as cool as hosta right after a rain. jim

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Noel,

I have such a small garden that the vertical nature of clematis gives me another whole format for plants.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Paula for visiting. I have harvested the lettuce several times already.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona,

It is too bad the chives don't rebloom.

Eilee

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Nancy, I found another Gaillardia called Mesa, much bigger and yellow. As soon as it blooms I will take a photo.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Tootsie and Jim,

I do like the hosta and all plants when the rain is still on them.

Tootsie,, I am glad to have have you as a blogging friend.

Eileen

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Garden Girl I did see your note about your so special friend. I can only imagine how you must feel.

Eileen

Anonymous said...

I'm lucky to have you as my "Garden Friend too"..