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Soon after we married and moved from Walnut Creek CA to a townhouse in Potomac MD, Deni and I both became interested in ornamental gardening, starting with azaleas. Deni quickly became a skillful, dedicated and tireless gardener, with a keen sense of design and colors.

We soon filled our townhouse lot, front and back, and moved to a 1/2 acre lot in Potomac MD. Eventually filling that up as well, we then moved to a 5 acre lot in Darnestown MD in 1981. Our last move was to a 2 acre wooded lot in Hendersonville NC on her birthday, May 4, 1996, where we actively gardened 1 acre, with a 1/2 mile of winding trails.

In each garden, we both had active roles in planning, plant selection and planting. Deni's specialty was weeding, which were few and far between as a result of her efforts. Our styles were complementary: Deni was goal-oriented and focused, while I am task-oriented and flit around the garden like a butterfly as a new task appears. We collaborated well on planning and planting: I dug most of the holes, and Deni did most of the planting. First we would carefully decide where to put the plants, and I became especially careful as I learned the consequences of putting a plant in the wrong place: the "plant shuffle".

That would happen at least once each year, usually after bloom time, when a plant would be seen to be in the wrong place with regard to size, texture or color: Deni would announce this plant needed to be "there". Since there was already a plant "there", first we would have to find a new place for it . . . and so on, and so on. Sometimes I would grumble, and sometimes it took a while, but with Deni's superb design sense, the garden was always the better for it.
nurturing
nurturing
planting
planting
planting
planting
well-equipped
well-equipped
a consult
a consult
leaves
leaves
well guarded
well guarded
spot spraying
spot spraying
another plant?
another plant?
flower arrangement
flower arrangement
well-dressed gardener
well-dressed gardener
dead-heading
dead-heading
grand tour
grand tour
nurturing
nurturing
flower arrangement
flower arrangement
Calder rug
Calder rug
hard at work
hard at work
lunch
lunch
back at work
back at work
passalong plants
passalong plants
exercising
exercising
worthwhile exercise
worthwhile exercise
pensive
pensive
best buddies
best buddies
hmmm
hmmm
hand weeding
hand weeding
ready to go
ready to go
dead-heading
dead-heading
halfway there
halfway there
garden help
garden help
my Timex
my Timex
sharing insights
sharing insights
delighted Deni
delighted Deni
sharing
sharing
keeping track
keeping track
friends and neighbors
friends and neighbors
elegant weed-killer
elegant weed-killer
still at it
still at it
all done
all done