Strength and BeautyOn Thursday, June 25, 2009, there was a great article about Vicki Agee and her rose garden in The Dallas Morning News. I remembered her sharing some lovely images with me when she was in one of my Photoshop classes. After prowling around on my computer for a while I found them. I called her and I’m delighted to say that she is willing to share them with all of us!
Her garden starts blooming in April and may still be in bloom come December. The spring scene is further animated by barn swallows that have built mud nests in the corners of the covered patio…what a lovely spot to build a home!
Vicki intentionally bought a house with very little landscaping so she could start from scratch and put her own ideas in place from the beginning.
Knowing the importance of starting with good soil, she didn’t bother amending the native clay. Instead she ordered truckloads of Living Earth Technology’s Landscaper’s mix with expanded shale and shoveled the planting medium on top of the native earth to make well-draining raised beds.
With all her gardening chores and club responsibilities, Vicki still has time to open her garden to tours sponsored by one of her many clubs.
This gardener also is a hospice volunteer. If she has roses in bloom, she cuts bouquets to deliver to her people in discarded vases she accumulates for this use.
“They love to smell them,” says Agee of the hospice patients. “It brings back memories of happier times."
And she still finds time to join us for Photoshop classes at our local community college where she comes up with gems like this!!
Now that's an active, productive, compassionate senior, folks!!
Many thanks to Vicki for allowing me to share part of her story and these lovely images.