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GRLT Garden Tour #3

July 20th, 2015

The next garden we visited on the tour had the most wonderful view of the ocean. This garden had beds throughout the lawn. The beds had stepping stone paths in them to make it easier to work in the middle of the large beds.
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This 12 acre garden was purchased by the owners in 1987. It used to be a working farm, but had become completely overgrown. They put in a garden pond where there was a natural spring and set to work making gardens. Many of the plants were given to them by friends and neighbors. What a wonderful garden it is indeed, you can definitely tell they have put in years of effort.
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The sweeping views of the ocean were a wonderful feature in this garden. They didn’t distract from this with too much ornamentation.

Do you have walkways or stepping stones in your garden beds to make it easier to work?

Quote of the Day: Tamar Adler

July 19th, 2015

“But there is dignity in allowing oneself to keep clear about what is good, and it is what I think of when I hear the term “good taste.” Whether things were ever simpler than they are now, or better if they were, we can’t know. We do know that people have always found ways to eat and live well, whether on boiling water or bread or beans, and that some of our best eating hasn’t been our most foreign or expensive or elaborate, but quite plain and quite familiar. And knowing that is probably the best way to cook, and certainly the best way to live.”

Tamar Adler from An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace

Recently, we started having Friday night dinners at our home. We have an open invitation to the first 6 people that RSVP. They bring sides and wine, we provide the main dish. Mostly, I make simple food: meatballs, meatloaf, carnitas, etc. It’s a way for us to see the people we’d love to visit with and empty our freezer of all of our home raised pork. The food is simple and delicious, the conversation is better than the food.

It’s all about people and relationships, we feel that happens best over a delicious meal, especially over a simple meal. There’s no much fretting on my part, nothing that takes a long time to cook or takes prep while everyone else is eating.  It’s perfect, we’ve been enjoying the evenings and so have the people in attendance.

What’s your favorite simple meal to prepare? 

GRLT Garden Tour #2

July 15th, 2015

The first garden Mr Chiots and I visited during the land trust garden tour on Sunday was the Langlais Sculpture Preserve. It was such an interesting place, the sculptures were pretty interesting. We were blown away by their size.
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The preserve was undergoing preservation efforts and some of the sculptures were out on display elsewhere. It was quite interesting to see it during this initial phase, it will be really great to go back in a few years to see how it’s come along. Visiting this made me think that I certainly could use some form of sculpture and art in my gardens.

Do you have any sculptures or art in your garden? What’s your favorite kind of garden art?

GRLT Garden Tour #1

July 14th, 2015

On Sunday, Mr Chiots and I went to the George River Land Trust  Tour. It was phenomenal, as it was last year as well. The first garden I’ll show you is right on the ocean and quite lovely. The house is beautiful, the gardens were lovely even though they weren’t quite in the style that I would do for myself.

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It was nice to see vegetables in a lot of the gardens that we toured. The tiered vegetable garden in this space was really interesting and such a modern take on the potager.
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The view from this garden was fantastic. I’m not sure I’d get much gardening done with this chair in this place.

What’s your favorite part of this garden? 

Belfast Garden Tour #3

July 13th, 2015

It’s garden tour season here in Maine. I’ve missed the first few weeks, but I finally made it one last Friday and then to the George’s River Land Trust Garden tour yesterday. Here is the garden from the Belfast Garden Club Tour on Saturday.
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One of the things I love about garden tours is that you get to look at real garden (at least most of them). I realize that my garden is just as great as most gardens. We often forget when looking at magazines and Pinterest photos that we’re looking at gardens that have been nipped and tucked, clipped and cleaned beyond what most of us can do. As a photographer, I also know that you can shoot around certain things, use depth of field to hide others, and use the light to get things to look different than they do in person.

Do you ever go on local garden tours?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.