I was kind of blown away by the amount of knowledge inside of Charles' head and impressed to see it applied as we walked around his back yard. I feel like it's not very often that people physically work with their hands and know a lot to go with it. What is the application? How is this important? I frequently catch this voice in my large head asking these questions.
One of Charles' tricks that I thought was really cool is that they measure the garden beds when edging so they don't migrate. He places a piece of metal or something in the corners of the beds to know their place. Another.. he'll dig up non-hardy plants (in the fall), put in a plastic pot, cover with soil, and stick it in the basement and even some in the attic. In April of May he'll bring the plant outside again.
I can't wait to get outside again and maybe try a few of the plants I noticed around Hedgleigh Spring (c. 1883). The photos below were personal highlights and plants that wow'd me in that day in late October. The Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) is over 100 years old!! I took the photo of the rock wall because I absolutely loved his placement of the tree in that picture - I felt like I wouldn't have considered placing a tree so close to the edge of the bed but the contrast of its height to the adjacent plants works well. And ... last but still worth noting - I included the photo of his garden edge-in-progress because I've read so many articles listing the specific steps of using a line for precision (etc..) and it was fun to see in person.