How many hours can one work in the garden before the body says, Enough! But mentally and spiritually, you are still all about gardening. Suggestion: visit a Garden Conservancy open day garden in your area!

We did just that this week end. To find gardens in your neck of the woods with open days and times, I suggest you join The Garden Conservancy, but you can just purchase the annual book with complete listings, or visit their website calendar. For $5.00 you can see the most beautiful, inventive, charming, classic, natural or spectacular gardens open to visitors.

We changed out of our garden gear, washed our hands, and headed to Bedford, down a dirt road, to be charmed by a garden that offered a morning of visual delights. I came away with new ideas and imaginings of how to interpret something wonderful from their garden into my own. Yesterday I thought, Add more bulbs in unexpected places.

Find bulbs to surprise and delight. The owner was generous in telling me I can find these beautiful bells at Brent & Becks, leucojum Gravetye giant. They are tall and happy.

Embrace more shrubs.

After a lovely walk through this hillside garden, we were still not ready to don our work clothes and get back to work, so we detoured to an unusual nursery, Mariani Gardens, in Armonk NY.

Displayed with the utmost care and attention to styling, you will find embellishments and accessories for the garden and outdoor spaces.

I am still thinking about where I could put one of these to lend a note to a quiet space.

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The prices on some of the large japanese maples were steep, but that is expected. The plants were beautifully maintained and the offering varied.

They also offer great pieces for porch and outdoor seating areas. A glass of iced tea, book, sunglasses and a clean and freshly groomed Cavalier King Charles by my side, I am ready!

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