Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The great escape

Don't know about you, but I clocked a lot of hours in the garden over this three-day holiday, to the point where a) I was thoroughly exhausted and b) it was difficult to enjoy the place.

The great escape

Don't know about you, but I clocked a lot of hours in the garden over this three-day holiday, to the point where a) I was thoroughly exhausted and b) it was difficult to enjoy the place.

This morning, somewhat refreshed but still sore, I made some tea and decided to walk around a bit, intending to take stock of what had been done and what remained on the never-ending to-do list. It was at that point that I came upon this delicate little Clematis integrifolia 'Rouguchi' in bloom, a tiny, bell-shaped flower on a vine that isn't really a climber, but can be trained up the posts of a pergola, as this one is.

Came just in time. I've been weighed down by problems and undone tasks, someone who, even when others find beauty and joy in my garden, launches into a litany of all that's wrong.

Off to work I went with a smile on my face and a sense of appreciation for all I'd done over the weekend. It lasted ... oh, about as far as Kelly Drive, where I hit a scrum of aggressive drivers. They were passing at 70 mph.

The thought occurs: For all its faults, for however much work and stress it causes us, a garden is a great escape.


Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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