We are back in Maryland after a week in Georgia and Florida.
We were staying in a big, beautiful house, with a big garden. The area is very impressive, and the garden is really magical. There is a lot of Spanish moss hanging down from the trees which leads to, in combination with the palm and magnolia trees, a fairytale mood.
But the highlight is when the sun is rising in the morning and the light glows in the trees. And in the evening it is possible to see some owls.
A big garden needs a lot of care and so it was our work place for our week in Florida and Georgia. Before we were able to start work each day, it was really necessary to have a good breakfast, to have enough force for the work.
Also it was really important to use mosquito spray.
In the first days Jana and Klara cut some bushes and Lisa and Tina cleaned a secondary area of azaleas in the arrival area. The rest of us started in to new territory where azaleas hadn't been cut down for 40 years. We cut down 5 meter Formosa Azalea bushes to 1/3 meter. This was a lot of work, because there were a lot of vines with thorns. That’s how we got one or another of the cuts on our legs, but with the teamwork of all together (including Maggie) we were able to finish our work in the beautiful garden.
Our work started early in the morning, because in the afternoon it got quite hot and humid so that it was impossible to work effectively. We were surprised how much landscape we cleared and improved. Now there is a big heap of debris in front of the garden which will be removed by the town next week.
There is still a lot to do but in the future the Reid House Farm will also be a place for weddings.
--- Monika Friedl