Layanee and I have been trying to get together for months and months and more months. We were going to meet up at Logee's twice, but I had to cancel both times. The last scheduled trip was in early April and in my post about it I coined the term Northeastern Spring Fling. (Layanee's plans to attend Spring Fling were foiled by the airlines and mine by the dire state of my finances.) Ironically in that same post I announced my grand intention to attend Gardenwalk Buffalo which also didn't happen this year due to both step-sons in college and the high price of gas. Well at least I finally got to see the ledge of Ledge and Gardens today!
Layanee's not kidding when she says that she lives out in the country, but she gives excellent directions. I was a little nervous going down the dirt road (not many of those in my usual haunts), but I turned into her driveway and there was the unique home and beautiful gardens that I've come to know from her blog. I wasn't, however, prepared for how large it is. Photos just don't do her garden justice. Layanee's actually in this photo:
Turning in any direction brings more astonishing beauty:
Tucker is an exceptionally well-behaved dog. Usually dogs instantly pick up on the fact that I'm not so fond of them and want to be my best friend. Tucker said hi and then wandered off. I used to think that Layanee had him well trained to sit so still for all those photos, but he's just that kind of dog:
Equally patient and well-behaved was VPH. He and I were only about 30 minutes from Layanee's house on other business today, so he got dragged along for our visit. He even joined us on part of the garden tour and rescued a frog from the pool (well 2 actually, but I only saw one, I was busy coveting Layanee's tomato cages when he scooped out the other):
You know how I have a good number of frog statues in my garden? Today I saw a real live frog for every statue I have:
That one's a pretty decent candidate for the calendar, but so is this one:
Right after I took this photo the frog croaked at me and I think I actually caught air when I jumped.
Northeastern Spring Fling must be commemorated by a group photo (Heather on the left, Layanee on the right):
And the exchanging of gifts (bee balm from Layanee on the left, woolly thyme from Heather on the right):
Another shot of the beautiful bee balm:
This was about the time that a frog jumped over Layanee's foot and she mentioned snakes. I have to admit that I started to watch where I was stepping a little more carefully. She sent VPH and I out the door with some other gifts (really she's too nice), and directions to cut a few highway exits off the trip home.
As we drove away VPH said, "It's strange to meet someone for the first time and have them know so much about me already." I explained that it was only because Layanee and I have talked on the phone, the whole internet doesn't know that much about him. The other amusing exclamation was, "That's a garden? 10 acres -- That's a f---ing estate!" I guess I could have prepped him better. Thanks again, Layanee, that was the perfect relaxing cap to a crazy busy week and I can't wait to come visit again!