More relationships break up in January than any other month I read. Also more people sign up for gym and dating site memberships. January is tough enough. Let’s try to make it a tiny bit easier.
On my garden tour trip last summer, we visited a charming plant nursery in Hudson, New York, called The Secret Gardener. Behind a vintage wrought iron gate, this nursery is clearly a work of love and attention. Our first view was after closing and we peered in and saw the beautiful pots, colourful vignettes and wood framed building that housed the cash counter and a selection of choice tools and accessories. We made a point of returning the next day before it closed and were delighted to walk around the beautifully curated sales and growing areas, carefully avoiding being drenched by the plumes of water. A boulder dressed in lichen and moss, an rusted iron table with a bright red dump truck planter and everywhere you look, artfully orchestrated plantings. Not simply arrangements in planters, but striking islands of colour and joyful perennials bursting from the ground. Even opportunities for moments of repose. This could be your garden! But here in this nursery, there is always work to be done …propagating… ….watering…. ….deadheading and primping…. If you’re in this neck of the woods, it would be unfortunate if you didn’t visit this unique nursery. Because there aren’t many like it. And you will be deeply and deliciously inspired.