Today I took a break from my garden and drove down to Kentucky to see my girlfriend's 20+ acre farm and her hard work restoring the 1918 farmhouse and garden. It was nice to take a break from my farm and see what other people are doing.
My friend has owned her farm for over 12 years. She and her husband have worked summers, weekends and every free day they have to clean up the grounds and house. They still live in town and so drive almost an hour to reach their farm. Progress has been slow, but steady and well worth it.
Today we just sat on a swing under a really neat gazebo that was built by the local high school woodshop class. Now this gazebo was fantastic, well built but very well priced. (cost of lumber) we sat on a swing and felt a strong cool breeze...
For over an hour we talked about our families, joys and troubles...especially caretaking elderly parents. I hated to leave... but since it is over an hour drive home I needed to get back.
My friend is an outstanding gardener. It was amazing to see the different venues she has for all her plants. She has planted all sorts of trees in addition to her flower gardens. Every turn around her farm, was a different setting of hostas, blackberries, ornamental shrubs, ferns and annuals.
She has started her own day lily business and has just about every type of lily anyone would want. Her addition to the house is almost complete and soon she will be able to move to the farm. Hopefully she'll be able to sell her flowers while sipping ice tea under her gazebo.