Monday
May262014

A Little Dirt Therapy

When stress is getting you down, a little dirt therapy always helps. Last week a couple of friends and I visited fellow blogger Phillip Oliver's garden in Florence, Alabama. His blog is aptly called Dirt Therapy. His garden is over twenty years old, and it has a unique character that reflects its owners. My first impression, standing in front of the house, was that it was a relatively small garden; but that was deceiving, as arbors open to garden rooms and more paths to explore. It climbs and reaches and stretches about, and with the soothing songs of happy birds and chattering squirrels, the peace of it all enveloped me as I explored its paths.

I love the way art objects dress up the side of this old garage.

One can not walk fast through this garden! There are many art objects and interesting statues to study:

With lush plantings and several water features, this garden is a wildlife refuge in the middle of a city. 

A satisfied Brown Thrasher!

It was a great day of Dirt Therapy for internet friends, brought face to face through our love of gardening. 

 

Sunday
May182014

Jasmine Hill Gardens

Some friends and I recently spent a morning strolling through Jasmine Hill Gardens near Montgomery, Alabama. The setting was beautiful and serene, and the weather was perfect. Jasmine Hills is known as "Alabama's Little Corner of Greece" and features over 20 acres of botanical beauty and classical sculpture. It was conceived in 1928 by Benjamin and Mary Fitzpatrick, who made their home in an 1830-era cottage within the Gardens. The Fitzpatricks enjoyed Greek culture and made over twenty trips to Greece to study and purchase art objects for the Gardens.

Jasmine Hill Gardens has nooks and crannies and long paths to explore, abundant foliage, magnificent trees and patina that only age can bring. Here is a sampling of the lovely scenes we encountered:This cottage was home to the Fitzpatricks. They spent many years developing the gardens.

The bug in the top photo is an Eyed Click Beetle. The huge spots on its head, resembling eyes, are supposed to help warn off predators.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great week!