this is NOT my new garden, y'all. Wish it were. This is the Sarah Duke Garden
in Durham, N.C.|
I have been home-less, garden-less and blog-less for the past six months since packing up and leaving my home of over four decades in Chicago and moving here to Chapel Hill., known as " The Southern Part of Heaven. " My current home is a rental and my garden is a deck . There's a forest just a few feet away filled with critters -deer, rabbits, birds of all kinds , racoons, possums, ferile cats and all sorts of insects.
My first winter here has been nothing short of heaven with most days being on the mild side. A pot of annual mums left on the deck have returned and the ornamental grass in my planter is greening up. My eyes have been dazzled by Cherry , Magnolia, Camellia, and Pear trees in bloom this winter. Hosts of bright yellow daffodils greet me everywhere. I have no doubt that one could garden year round here . I have seen public container gardens with plants happily thriving despite cold night temperatures .
I think I'm going to love it here. I know, I know -hot , humid summers. Heck, we had those in Chicago. It's the mild, warm winters that get me everytime.