Quimby Quail, a 30 inch tall topiary, is the success that comes to mind. He sat on my mother’s front porch and survived 50 plus years. He experienced “cardiac arrest” SEVERAL times but was revived with new soil, root trimming and replanting in same-size pot. Topiaries can survive a long time with such care!
What was your biggest lesson?
Sometimes you have to radically trim a plant in order for it to thrive and refurbish itself. Untrimmed plants get leggy and scrawny and overly tall. They are not healthy. Owners may find this difficult but be brave and learn to cut back.
What tool could you not live without?
It is one that belonged to my father, the ultimate gardener. The tool is a type of cultivator; long-handled with a single metal hook on the end. I have not seen it in any store or catalog.
From your home, what is your favorite garden view?
The view from my kitchen slider is one of roses in the background, a gurgling bird bath and green and white flowers. They include foxglove, pentas, angelonia and ajuga. The angelonia is amazing and comes in many colors.
As told to our President, Caroline Meade.
Caroline Meade interviews long time active member and
What is your biggest success?
I consider my two navel orange trees my biggest success. I planted these trees many years ago and they didn’t do much. After joining the Garden Club, I learned from Peggy Magde that the most important thing for citrus was to fertilize. Thanks to her advice I fertilize four times a year. I have had lots of wonderful oranges from these trees ever since
If you are going to spend $100 on your garden, spend $90 on the soil. If you don’t do this, the plants aren’t going to do well and you are wasting your money. And mulch, mulch, mulch.
Garden tool I can’t live without.
My trusty clippers. I keep a pair in a drawer in the entry. Every time I go outside I take them with me and clip and deadhead whatever I see.
Favorite Garden View
The best thing I can see from my house is the birds that come and splash around in my bird bath.