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Thursday, July 23, 2009

All Out!

This morning my daughters left with their dad for a three day trip to Maryland where they will be attending a family wedding.

Mom and I (and of course Calie-the-wonderdoodle-dog) are here and going to go ALL OUT during the next few days.

We've got a garbage dumpster in the driveway with lots of space to fill. The basement and attic are in desperate need of a cleaning and thankfully it's not too hot or the attic would not be a good place to be. I'll still only be able to stay up there a short time and will remember to drink lots of water.

Sunday we are planning a huge garage sale to hopefully unload lots of these goodies before throwing them in the garbage (or if in good condition, donate them to a church).

Gail, you asked if our house will be sold. That is still up in the air and certainly a possibility but I sure would like to finish out the next two years of Emily's high school education here.

In between inside cleaning we will also be going ALL OUT in the garden! On Monday I will have the unbelievable pleasure of showing my garden to two very well known garden writers. This might be my last hurrah for a time and I plan on enjoying every moment.

Darrell Trout has been here before and besides his many great books, he has also written quite a nice piece about my garden for Newsday a few years ago. Traveling with Darrell will be Felder Rushing who is a writer I've hoped to meet for many years.

Needless to say we'll be weeding like lunatics here.

While I've got my fingers crossed that the daylilies will still be looking good on Monday, I know that many other perennials here will be strutting their stuff.

Both Darrell and Felder are into "Garden Junque" and I've got lots of that for them to see. Actually, many pieces here were rescues from Darrell's last garden on Shelter Island. I hope he likes what I've done with them.

Now I need to remember to plant those bowling shoes too...

If I don't post in the next few days you'll all know what I'm doing. Going ALL OUT!!!


Gail said...

Melanie, You lucky gardener! I have a feeling that Felder will appreciate your garden whether the daylilies are blooming or not...he gardens in the south where we often have stretches of green times! Besides, your garden is delightful!

I hope you get to complete the two years there, too. You may have motivated me to climb up in the attic and clean it out...this fall when it cools down.

Hugs to you, Gail

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie
I'm sure the writers (not sure who they are, I'll google them next)will LOVE your garden. I'm so happy I'll be able to see your Mom again this weekend. I met her the very first time I visited your garden, she's so sweet.
If you need help Sunday, please let me know

Joanne said...

How could you even consider leaving your beautiful garden to sell up.
Good luck with the clear out and enjoy your visitors.

lynn'sgarden said...

Always such beautiful photos here, Melanie..and I know it doesn't look that way by itself! We had our dumpster last and a half ton after the house was cleaned, top to bottom (and alot of yard trash)! Have fun Monday!

Sherri said...

Melanie, what wonderful gardens you have! Thanks for sharing all your pictures!

mosaicqueen said...

How wonderful to share your beautiful garden!!!
Good Luck with all of your chores!


Anonymous said...

I like your garden confidence. I would be a nervous wreck if luminaries were coming.