Thursday, May 14, 2015

The 1990's Began with the First True Garden


On Mother's Day, we enjoyed a private 35 acre garden in the village of Marcellus. A few times each year, the Hanford family graciously open their gardens to the public with proceeds going to benefit a local non-profit agency. This was the first time we attended, and we were so pleased to see all the families enjoying the gardens and having picnics on the grounds. It did rain a little, but it was welcome as it cooled us off. 






The 1990's began with their first true garden project, a planting done on Mother's Day to disguise a new leach field. Gold Flame Spirea, a few cotoneasters, a lot of shoveling, and presto, a pile of dirt turned into a garden of sorts. Father's Day brought the happy addition of their first Japanese Maple, and then they were off and running. They told us that the gardens will remain confined to their 35 acres and they will continue to rearrange plants, refine and add to their hardscapes. 
That evening, we all enjoyed grilled kabobs on the deck. It could not have been a nicer Mother's Day. I am very blessed to have a wonderful family.

I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Thank you for stopping by!
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

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  1. Love the gardens!
    Love your outfit!

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    1. Thank you Monique :-)
      Joe never says this....on the drive home, he said we should consider buying acres of land and having similar gardens. The owners said the true secret of their secret garden is the role of friendship and the power of a shared love of horticulture.

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    2. But all of a sudden..you are 75..and too many gardens..are a chore..I love the classy statuary there also..Your pics are great you know.

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  2. Beautiful gardens...was thinking of you this Mother's Day, Debbie.

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    1. Thank you Marigene! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day too.

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  3. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your Mother's Day, Debbie. The grounds are gorgeous and you look quite spiffy in your black and white ensemble! The kabobs look mighty tasty, too, bathed in all those marinades. Did you have a favorite?

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    1. The honey mustard and lemon garlic were my favorite Kitty. I had a sampling of each ;o)

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  4. Debbie, This garden sounds like a wonderful place to visit and it is nice to see land so lovingly cared for. I think I might need an umbrella like that to tuck into my Miss Rosie! Linda

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  5. Debbie, the gardens are wonderful. I'm glad you got to enjoy them and that you shared them with us. The koi, the ponds, the bridges - all make for a spiritual place. Lots of work goes into keeping it all looking so pretty. Nice that the family shares these efforts with the public for a good cause.
    Love the outfit! ;-)
    Sarah

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  6. What a pretty place to visit! I love that red bridge and dinner sounds amazing:@)

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  7. Love the pic of you with your bumbershoot!!

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