I recently had the opportunity to visit the garden of Celine & Stan Sprague on Timberview Circle and was reminded how gentle and encouraging filtered sun can be – on both plants and the gardener. Mature neighborhoods in Greensboro are blessed with both shade trees and understory trees, but if you don’t have them – go plant some and enjoy the lasting effects.
I noted the beautiful bark and graceful living sculpture of this Crape Myrtle. Lagerstroemia is not my favorite, but this one is done justice by letting it grow/not topping it. This is how they should look. Prune wayward side branches when the tree is young, just to shape it, and watch it reward you with an extended view of the cinnamon bark.
The lovely brick sidewalk to the front door is flanked by more Laurels, looking out on River Birches with their signature triple trunks. Note that Celine uses groundcovers such as Pachysandra well, avoiding the need for more mulch.
Time to ring the doorbell and have Celine show me her magnificent back yard!
Breathtaking and restful at the same time, you see the center island garden with its stone patio, and the first impression is all soft pastels bordered by varying shades of green. The modern-style chairs invite us to sit a spell and sip our tea, but there are fabulous plants to see.
I’ll let you Google who Otto Luyken was.
The full trunk wrap treatment against young buck antlers.
Bleeding Hearts bloom for love’s sweet sake.
I was also treated to the hidden spot where the compost bins and rain barrels reside, but you’ll have to wrangle an invite from Celine and Stan to enjoy the behind-the-scenes stuff. We all have those tucked-away operations, so vital to permaculture, and all custom-configured.
I enjoyed the tour immensely, and looking back I’m remembering the feeling of serenity this garden imparted. For an hour or so I enjoyed peacefulness and the untroubling nature of nature. Thanks Celine, and congratulations on our 27410 Yard of the Month award!