October 28, 2021

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A Garden Around a 280-Year-Old Home

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Hello, Fine Gardening. It’s Jojo again (Jojo’s Lancaster Garden), and do I have a phenomenal flower tour for you! The apple does not fall far from the tree. I learned everything from my spectacular, beautiful mother. She is masterful in everything she does, including flower gardening. She is a skilled decorator, flower gardener, candlemaker, and primitive antique dealer. She is as whimsical as her flower gardens, as topiaries are her absolute favorite. Everything she touches turns to gold.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe two of us on Mother’s Day. It was the perfect day for a fire to keep us warm from the damp, cold rain.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMy mother’s house, in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was built in 1740.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMy mother loves topiary gardens. She is a true container gardener. These are her rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus, Zones 7–10) and lavender (Lavandula stoechas, Zones 7–10) topiaries. She also has several gorgeous lemon cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’, Zones 7–10) topiaries.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsFull of whimsy, my mother loves head planters and knows just what to plant in them to make them look alive.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIt’s a magical retreat whenever we visit.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMany topiaries dot the landscape.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIt’s so lovely to sit here and have lunch. The overhead fan is glorious.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe ferns are always the stars of the show.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI think the Dicondra ‘Silver Falls’ (Zones 8–10 or as an annual) looks stunning spilling over this head planter. My mother definitely keeps this entire space reminiscent of the 1740s.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe fig tree (Ficus carica, Zones 7–10) is showing glorious signs of life. I cannot wait to taste these fruits.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis primitive tub is now an herb garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe summer kitchen is cozy and dreamy. It was once my mother’s shop.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsOne last view of this magical garden space.

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