June 12, 2021

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Making Art with the Garden

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Today we’re in Memphis, Tennessee, visiting Renee’s garden.

My name is Renee, and I’ve been gardening about 11 years. We’ve been at our current property six years. I did all of the design and a majority of the work myself. I also do most of the upkeep myself. When people ask me who I am, I tell them I’m a mother/wife, a physician, and a gardener. In the past year with the pandemic, my gardening has been especially important as a means to cope with the stress of my work. I have two kids, one with special needs. He likes to garden with me, and it has been therapeutic for him as well. Being in the garden together has become a family affair. Before I became a physician I was a visual artist, and I believe that gardening has become my artistic outlet. There are several different areas of my garden: the back garden, the rose garden, the patio garden, the front shade garden, and the front sun garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA beautiful view of the garden, with spires of foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Zones 4–9).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIntensely deep blue hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) blossoms. Clearly Renee has given these plants the acidic soil that allows them to produce the bluest blooms.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) in delicate shades of pink.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsDetail of a gorgeous David Austin hybrid rose, ‘The Ancient Mariner’ (Zones 5–10), with layer after layer of fragrant pink petals.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA dreamy mass of ‘The Ancient Mariner’ in full bloom. How good must this smell!

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMore gorgeous roses growing along the fence.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWhat a beautiful view. I love the winding grass path and the clouds of pink dogwoods (Cornus florida, Zones 5–9) hanging overhead.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHow magical would it be to sit back in that chair and soak up this garden scene? I can imagine Renee needing this space to deal with the stress of working as a physician during the pandemic.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsOne last view of this dreamy garden. Thank you for sharing, Renee! If you want to see more of this garden, check out Renee’s instagram: @thepsychgarden

Have a garden you’d like to share?

Have photos to share? We’d love to see your garden, a particular collection of plants you love, or a wonderful garden you had the chance to visit!

To submit, send 5-10 photos to [email protected] along with some information about the plants in the pictures and where you took the photos. We’d love to hear where you are located, how long you’ve been gardening, successes you are proud of, failures you learned from, hopes for the future, favorite plants, or funny stories from your garden.

If you want to send photos in separate emails to the GPOD email box that is just fine.

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