It’s August already, and soon summer will draw to a close and the kids will be back in school. Hard to believe isn’t it?
That’s why when we had the opportunity to tour the gardens of Nancy Wells, a Plymouth store employee, we jumped at the chance!
A great way to pause and focus on the here and now and all of the beauty to be found in a garden.
The gardens were a great mix of colors, shapes, patterns and textures – not just in the plants and flowers but in the beautiful stone walls and pathways, garden ornaments and pots, and various seating options scattered throughout.
We asked Nancy a few questions about her experience with gardening…
You mentioned that you didn’t really set out to be a gardener, but it just happened. Tell us a little about that.
“Gardening for me started with trying to get rid of the problem of mowing around trees.
A neighbor suggested hostas. He gave me a few and each year I divided them and they became an island. Then another friend made great back yard flower beds and I tried a few marigolds.
Then I started looking for perennials, then something to bloom all summer into fall.”
What do you enjoy most about gardening?
“Gardening for me is an escape… Once you step foot in the garden everything in life just melts away.
It is work but, as my mother used to say, if you make everything play nothing is ever work. And such is the garden. If planned well, it gives back way more than it takes.
The interesting thing, too, with gardens is that not only are you helping the air that we breath, but you are keeping the life cycle of bees, butterflies and dragonflies alive (and often feeding the deer and rabbits).”
Nancy also enjoys the sense of community that a garden can bring and can be found giving garden tours to visitors of friends and neighbors.
“If you plant enough, you can share. When you meet another gardener, you find instant friendship!”
What is your favorite time of year in the garden?
“My favorite time is the end of July and then in the fall.
July because the gardens are at their height. The fall because things are coming to an end and I start to clean up and cut back my beds.
The autumn sedum and asters, mums, tasseled fall grasses, and the scent of bonfires in the crisp air makes me happy.
I have fond memories of my girls reciting the poem “Asters deep purple, the grasshoppers call, today it is summer, tomorrow is fall!”
Some helpful tips from Nancy: “When you’re getting started it’s best to work your soil with compost manure if you have clay as I did. I would plan annuals for the beginning so you can get the soil healthy. A good soil bed makes a great flower bed!”