Monday, August 17, 2009

Flying Mermaid Farm

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of touring one of my customer's gardens. Deborah lives in an old farmhouse that's purposefully situated near the Connecticut River. The lushness of the river banks, along with her immense parterre garden, made me feel like I was in another country. Deborah has aptly named her place the Flying Mermaid Garden, because Deborah is a mermaid. Well, at least, she loves to swim and prefers to be in the water rather than out, and it is the very reason why she lives in this rambling farmhouse by the river. The river brings her solace.

Deborah showed me how her new bee skep, from Farmhouse Wares, was looking quite handsome among her hollyhocks and dill. Her massive gardens include a fruit tree orchard, a raspberry grove, and a very organized composting system. I was so relaxed while I visited her little piece of paradise, but I couldn't help but wonder, as I took in all the sights of her massive and immaculate gardens, how she ever found time to swim. Thank you Deborah for taking your time to show me around the farm. It was a lovely experience.