July 3rd, 2013

Garden Envy

David L. Culp’s cottage and garden © The New York Times

A small, fun fact about yours truly, I don’t have house envy. I have never coveted a friend’s or neighbor’s home and have been fortunate to have rented or owned the perfect apartment or cottage that suited our needs at the time.

But I do have serious garden envy. Our garden is lovingly maintained by my husband (I tend the potted plants), and we grow mostly vegetables and wildflowers. Roses were not a huge success and the ones that remain drowned in the early June rains. David L. Culp, whose garden was featured recently in The New York Times, said that his heirloom roses did not do well in the wet spring either. Despite that, he has over 3,000. varieties of plants at his home in Downington, PA. Along with a 1790s farmhouse, this is worthy of envy.

I keep toying with putting out a bench like the one below.


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  • Garden benches are pretty, but tend not to be used, as they’re not very comfortable. Two chairs with a small table in-between is more inviting I think.

    KathyJuly 3rd, 2013  7:44 PM

  • My husband, who grew up on a farm and will always be a farmer at heart, is the gardener at our place and does a great job. I realize over the years that I take much for granted in terms of the exterior of our home – those gorgeous flowers don’t just grow themselves. I tend the great indoors and he tends the out doors – it works well! Happy 4th to all, wherever you may be!

    AprilJuly 4th, 2013  6:50 AM

  • I love the pictures in today’s post. The moss in particular seems appropriate for this soggy start to summer. We have a bench exactly like the one you have pictured, and we love it. It’s our favorite place to sit and watch our garden change with the seasons. We have a navy blue/white piping seat cushion that makes this bench the perfect spot for summer reading.


    EricaJuly 4th, 2013  8:18 AM


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