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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 1

Looking through my photos from the Garden Writers Association meeting, I am struck by how many of the plants I took pictures of have heart shaped leaves. Maybe I’m just in a romantic mood coming off of the high of my son’s wedding two weeks ago and preparing for Jesse and Maya’s wedding here in our gardens in another week. Whatever the reason, love seems to be in the air and the plants.

Which is a good thing because even though the Cape didn’t get hit by hurricane Irene as hard as many areas, the wind and salt burn, not to mention snapped stems and flattened plants, is significant. For someone preparing for a garden wedding in a week, there is a great deal of cleanup to do. So while I cut down wind and salt-burned perennials, clip off broken branches and decide if the smashed perennials can be propped up or not, I keep the heart leaves in my minds eye. They remind me to love all aspects of the landscape…to cherish it all, challenges and all.

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