Confessions of a Garden Junkie


Yes, I admit it. I am a garden junkie and if you stay with us at The Oaks Victorian Inn you’ll see what I mean. Though I love the gardens throughout the front lawn and along our wrap around porch, my true passion is the “Secret Gardens” behind the house. Our backyard is fully fenced so those not staying with us have no idea that they are back there.

Every spring I look forward to the appearance of new growth and the return of past perennials. I go to Lowe’s for spring bulbs in April and Crow’s Nest Greenhouses in May and June for annuals and perennials. The first week of July means a trip to Wildwood Farms for day lilies. My best and biggest fix each year is the annual New River Valley Garden Tour sponsored by The Friends of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library. Ticket sales to garden junkies like me and others help raise lots of money for our summer library programs. As in past years, there were 7 beautiful gardens on the tour and every one of them inspired me to add more great stuff to our backyard.

New to the gardens this year are Japanese anemones, lemon black eyed Susan vines, more varieties of daylilies, flowers donated by friends thinning their gardens, additional oriental lilies, a Korean Spice viburnum, another Japanese maple and lots more art. A big English garden bunny stands guard by the trumpet vine and a cat and mouse spinner has been added just inside the gate. While Bernie and I were visiting the NC Outer Banks we found a fabulous butterfly to add to the ever growing butterfly wall on the back fence.

Autumn will be upon us before we know it and that means leaves changing colors, planting mums and fall bulbs and my last garden fix until spring.

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