Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You Meet the Most Interesting Folks . . .

A few days ago, on one of my posts, a comment showed up from Marta McDowell, a name previously unknown to me. Marta quoted Emily Dickinson and aroused my curiosity.

First I found her blog and her website (from which all these pictures are borrowed.) Those of you all who are gardeners or would-be gardeners or just like beautiful pictures and excellent writing owe it to yourselves to look at Marta's blog. Like me, she's fond of bugs and rocks and flowers. And she travels and photographs all sorts of interesting gardens.

Marta's website makes me wish I were closer to New Jersey where she teaches lots of interesting classes -- including wreath-making. A woman after Elizabeth's heart. And mine.

But, alas, I won't be traveling to NJ for classes. I will, however, put this gorgeous book that Marta co-authored on my Christmas wish list. It's on Amazon and you can look at a few pages to get a sense of the lovely writing and the amazing arted-up photo/collages.

Below is Marta's deer fence. I have to admit to a severe case of envy. But as my garden is a great deal larger than my budget, such a fence is nowhere in its future.

I emailed Marta to ask permission to talk about her and use her pictures and to ask how she stumbled on my blog. Turns out an Elizabeth fan (also named Elizabeth) in Hendersonville is a friend of hers and sent her the link.

Worldwide web, indeed!

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Pat in east TN said...

Computers make it a small world, don't they. :o) I love her deer fence, but I, like you, have a much larger garden/berry area, so it would is ruled out ... I do, however, have deer, lots and lots of deer ... ugh!

Marta McDowell said...

My husband suggested that we christen our place "Fence Broke" after the bill arrived for installation. What price lilies?

Vicki Lane said...

So far, deer are not a big problem here, though the fact that we see them at all is a big change from 10 years ago.

The lack of garden damage is probably due to the fact that the dogs are in and out several times a night.

Now if I could keep the dogs out of the flowerbeds . . .