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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

vicarious gardening

why do we pour over our Southern Living and Better Homes and Garden magazines reading every article about someone else’s garden? i know people who rip out page after page of well landscaped yards with the hope that someday they might actually have the time or inclination to duplicate what someone else has already created.

it is easy to understand why we like the beauty of what others have accomplished. and it's fun to ooo and ahhh over the colors and combinations fellow lovers of soil and sweat have nurtured. i like to think it is kindred spirits gardening attracts.

the photos posted here are of my newest daughter’s (my son’s wife) achievements. they bought their first house last august in the north part of florida. they have done a spectacular job of cultivating their own plot of ground. she planted this luscious dahlia flower from a tuberous root. i don’t grow these because it gets too hot in my zone so i like to imagine what it might be like to have the satisfaction of a harvest this breathtaking. the photo of their adorable abode features more of her brow-sweating results... all very well appointed. for more on dahlias you can visit

thanks for sharing with us, e & j. i wish you many more happy seasons of sowing and reaping.


  1. okay, this is my favorite post so far. (i keep replacing my fave with your newest post.) LOVED the photos (kudos to e&j) but the post itself was so fun to read. maybe because it was the first one i really understood?? hmm...made me feel like i was in an anne tyler novel or one by lm montgomery. beautiful writing!

  2. Thanks for the kudos. My wife has done and excellent job. I am just the mule that does the lifting, but not all. She dug the holes and moved a lot of dirt. My domain is the grass and her's the gardens. I think we make a pretty good team. We certainly have visions of bigger and greater things, and as I responded before part of that is the plants with color you talked about in another post. Our garden is but a mere potted plant in comparison to yours, but I think we are headed in the right direction.

    I do love the fact that she has taken so well to gardening, and enjoys it so much. After growing up in your house and always having a beautiful yard and garden it was something I always wanted to have when I had my own place. If my wife was not willing to get out there and sweat and toil and learn I could never accomplish it on my own.


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