This grand dame of an old house does her very best to generously and graciously greet and meet visitors...yesterday she welcomed a large garden club touring her grounds and landscape. She knows they come to see the plants and the flowers in the gardens...not her. But she doesn’t resent it nor feel ignored in any way. She knows she’s part of the stage and set, not the star, or even the ensemble, of the spring extravaganza. But she is proud of the contribution she makes, even at her advanced age, as both muse and backdrop to the garden. Rather than be offended, she is actually flattered when people ask how old she is, and she is very open about the ‘work’ she’s had done to give herself a facelift and maintain her good looks. Beauty at any age, she thinks. Patina and wisdom and character...MY! but the things she seen and endured and experienced...side by side with the garden. They both have their scars to prove it. Epic ice and wind and hail and earthquakes. They’ve been through a lot together these two...this house and its garden. The both of them, hand in hand, creating beauty, creating context...creating the backdrop to our lives.
(Our English Tudor Home was built in 1935. When we bought the house, it was painted a dirty ivory color. We sandblasted it back to its original brick. The only things growing in front were two trees. A mammoth oak we love dearly to this day, and an old Japanese Pine, long since deceased.)
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