I am a big fan of Pinterest. I am constantly in the need of inspiration, whether it be for my garden, my home, my wardrobe or cooking, and I used to keep boxes and albums of pictures ripped out of magazines that I would browse whenever I needed an idea. Now I do it all on Pinterest electronically. I know some bloggers get really annoyed when people pin photos from their blogs onto Pinterest and they get shared and pinned numerous times, but I am actually flattered when one of my photos shows up unexpectedly. I follow dozens of people that pin lovely pictures of gardens and I find it a compliment when they include one of mine. The picture above is one that shows up all the time and I must admit it is a pretty picture that was one point in time that I would love to recreate. It is in the Moonlight Garden and it was a a peak time when everything was looking good in April of 2010.
But as every gardener knows, gardens change, or at least they should, in my opinion. I know there are people that have yards that look exactly the same day after day, year after year, but that would not be my garden. I like change and evolution, and my gardens reflect that. Sometimes it means things look a little scraggly, but I'll take that in exchange for moments of brilliance.
This is what the same spot looks like today. The urn originally had very large white agapanthus in it with white geraniums and bocopa. Unfortunately the agapanthus rarely ever bloomed and when it did it had reverted to blue anyway. I replaced it this year with a big blue agave for drama. The rabbits have decimated whatever annuals were left at the front base of the urn, but there are some white reblooming iris blooming along with white mums and Japanese anemones.
But this should add some more drama to the site! Lots of white plants to put in the ground (over the daffodil bulbs). I am getting ready for the holidays and because this is the time of year when we have lots of guests, I like the garden to look pretty for them, but it is also the time when I can get a bit stressed out and the beauty of the gardens is a soothing antidote to the hectic schedules and tons of chores that pile up on my to-do list.