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Turkey Tracks: Gardens of Tina Marriner and Robert Pearse

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Turkey Tracks:  July 16, 2013

Sunday July 14 was the annual Georges Valley Land Trust Garden Tour:  “Gardens in the Watershed.”  It was such a treat to see this year’s seven gardens–each one special and wonderful.  So, come along with me for some of the highlights of the day.  I am listing each garden separately as there would be too, too many pictures otherwise.


Gardens of Tina Marriner and Robert Pearse


A few years ago, I noticed that someone up the hill was creating a whole lot of new gardens.

Over the years I slowed the car, complimented the tall, slender, dark-haired woman on her project, and waved.

Sunday I met her close up and enjoyed that meeting so much.  She has been watching a crow family over the last weeks as they raise their one chick.  We could hear him crying in the background for food from his parents  all the while we talked.

Tina Marriner is growing sunflowers for the market.  She will plant 15,000 sunflowers this year, of 39 different kinds.

They are spectacular, of course.  Here’s a bed of one kind–the house belongs to Tina’s neighbor across Howe Hill Road.

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Here’s Tina herself in the volunteer tent:

Marriner, Tina

Here’s some sense of the scale of her sunflower gardens.  There are also beds behind me, including a huge round one filled with sunflowers just about to bloom.


There are lots of deer on Howe Hill.  Tina is using mothballs in small red cans mounted on sticks to discourage them:

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Here’s a close-up of the arrangement:

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To the left of these beds is a small pond.  Big fat frogs were sunning themselves on the surface.  The house is on the other side of the trees to the right.

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Here’s the house–note the solar panels.  We’re seeing more and more of them up here in Maine.

Marriner-Pearse house

Here’s the gorgeous view from the house:

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Look at how Tina is growing Sweet Peas–which are probably my all-time favorite flowers:  Plastic ribbed sheets hung with wire for the peas to climb.

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What a treat to see this property.  Tina’s Facebook page is “Tina’s Cut Flowers” if you want to see what she’s up to.

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July 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Turkey Tracks: A Mouse in the House!

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Turkey Tracks:  July 16, 2013

A Mouse in the House!

A few weeks back, Maryann Enright and I opened the new little grill I bought this year only to find a very extensive mouse nest.

I had used the grill only a few nights earlier, so it always amazes me that a mouse can bring so much material into the grill in such a short time.

We cleaned out the grill and proceeded with dinner.

But a few days later, I realized I had a mouse in the house–a mouse that was traveling all over the house actually–and leaving evidence of its travels.

Off I went to get mouse traps.

Mouse Traps

OK, this job is one that John always did.  And it took me some time and a few scary “snaps” before I finally got one loaded.  It’s been years since I put set, empty mouse traps on our couches back in Virginia to discourage our Springer Spaniels from getting on them.  (That works really well, by the way.)

The next morning, the mouse was dead.

I dealt with that too.

And I reloaded as “where there is one, there is often a family…”

I caught  No No Penny next.  (My female rat terrier.)

She spent the next day plastered to my side like my shadow, having learned some new vocabulary words like “hot” and “bad.”

The lone mouse must have run into the house when the doors were open a lot from the kitchen work.  Or, the night we found the nest…

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July 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Georges Valley Land Trust Garden Tour

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Turkey Tracks:  July 16, 2013

The Georges Valley Land Trust Garden Tour:

“Gardens in the Watershed”

Sunday was the GVLT annual garden tour.

The gardens are always along the St. George River valley–which covers a big area.

Giovanna McCarthy and I headed out at 10 a.m., dressed for walking, for heat (hats), and with water and our lunches iced down in a cooler.  It was a beautiful day to explore gardens.

We started just up Howe Hill, where two gardens were located:  the gardens of Tina Marriner and Robert Pearse and the gardens of Eilene and Leonard Ames.  I’m going to do the gardens as separate entries, starting with my “up the hill” neighbors Tina Marriner and Robert Pearse.

We had lunch at Fernwood gardens, a nursery specializing in shade plant.  What a treat to see Fernwood in its new location.  i really enjoyed all the whimsical touches in their gardens.  But more on that later.

Giovanna and I ended the day by stopping by John’s ice cream on Route 3, above the St. George Lake state park.  That’s Giovanna, now hot and tired and ready for an ice cream.

John's Ice Cream

I got peach, and Giovanna got coconut–and boy did that coconut ice cream look good.  John’s ice cream is all homemade.  We each took home two quarts in the cooler.   My son Mike is bringing my two grandsons tomorrow, and they will all be delighted to see John’s ice cream in the freezer:  rocky road and butter pecan!