Ahh … the ‘About’ page. This is the hard part for me. I’ve edited this page many times. Here’s the latest …
I’m a garden junkie. Growing flowers and plants keeps me sane, but I try to refrain from letting it make me insane – though my family might dispute this. And while I love surrounding our home with beautiful plantings, and filling our home with beautiful flowers, I strive to balance gardening work with gardening pleasure.
I have gardened in south-central Connecticut, an area currently deemed zone 6a, for more than 30 years. I’m an Advanced Master Gardener, and though unable to keep up with the program’s volunteer requirements, I still try to participate in ongoing education. But my practical knowledge comes from years of get-down-and-dirty work; from errors and successes refurbishing overgrown plots of land; and from carving a soothing landscape in the middle of a hardwood forest.
I channeled this hands-on experience into a small contract gardening/garden coaching business that is now entering its ninth year. To compliment my flair for garden design, I further trained in floral design, and now combine my gardening and floral design talents to adorn outdoor and indoor settings alike.
Besides being a garden junkie, I write – mostly about health-related topics – but this does not feed my passion for gardening or my want to share my love of nature’s gifts with those of similar interest. So this is where I share my joene’s garden experience, successes, flops, and outlooks … from 2009 onward. I hope you like what you read and see here enough to follow along and enlist in a little give-‘n-take.
Some examples of my work:
Available rocks and a few well placed plants allowed me to turn a sloped, shady bare patch into this:
What started 2008 as unplanted dirt, by June looked like this:
And by the start of August, looked like this:
An arrangement I created for a friend’s wedding: