"Tell the gardener I shall expect everything that a Garden ought to produce, in the most ample manner."
~George Washington to William Pearce, November 23, 1794
"Set out the Palmeto Royal in my garden...and put the box in which the Magnolia, live oak, and sower oranges were in the area in front of the Green House."
~Diary of George Washington, May 23, 1785
This is one of my favorite photos of the gardens at Mt. Vernon. See the necessary (aka bathroom) in the corner? Seems like George thought of everything:) It's Wednesday here, the sun is shining, I'm nearly through my final edit of The Colonel's Lady, and I just might get a chance to go out into my own garden. The peas, beans, potatoes, onions and wildflowers are up. My favorite rose, Cecile Bruner, with its tiny pink buds and blossoms, just finished blooming but we have another rose with blossoms the size of a dinner plate! And the boys are loving the raspberries being ripe and hunting in the woods for wild blackberries.
I just became reacquainted with the fact that flowers have meanings. In olden days people made much of this. One of my favorites, lily of the valley, signifies Christ's second coming. Not sure why but it's interesting. Do you have a favorite flower? Know its meaning?