I suppose the admiration and love I have for these incredible gardens is evident by all the sketches I continue to do of them! LOL But to me, they represent so much of what I admire in a garden -- from huge old trees and evergreens that give the garden 'bones' or 'foundation' to surprise places and pieces, to quiet areas of shade for contemplation, to rampant, abundant, colorful, fragrant flowers that brighten one's day and beautify the landscape, to those architectural pieces that indicate human existence. I also have to admire the woman who continues these gardens -- a basic one-woman show with a few helpers -- and she's been doing this for over 30 years. In my eyes, she's created a bit of paradise right here in NC, and I feel so honored to have been able to participate in a bit of that.
Temperatures here are expected to be close to 100F for the next week. Our a/c went out yesterday, so my "vacation day' to 'chill, relax, and paint' didn't quite happen as I had hoped. I am also hoping the repair folks can make it out here today ...even with my penchant for warm weather, I'm flagging a bit under such heat and humidity.