On the 12th April, Nancy, wrote a post – that for some reason I have only just caught up with called “Show me your Garden” please do pop over there and read it along with the replies. She asked a good question
“does your garden style and content reflect who you are and if so …….”
(You will have to pop over to Soliloquy and read the rest for yourself. Also everyones comments are very interesting – go check it out).
What a thought to start my day with. Then as I wondered around my garden this morning looking for what might be in bloom tomorrow (G.B.B.D. with Carol at May Dreams Garden) I realized that actually I don’t “do flowers” particularly well!
I spent the day working in my own garden today. We are making a new border – I call it my shady border as it is on the East Side of a stone wall within the garden. The soil is particularly wet and sticky here – and FULL of stones. It is also full of couch-grass, weeds and roots.
The red tubs, wheelbarrow and black bag are all weed roots
Although this area is one small border within my garden; I was thinking a lot about Nancy’s question – Does my style of gardening and content reflect who I am?
This led me on to wonder why I find it very difficult to grow “flowers”. I was looking at the plant I have purchased for this border a shrub whose name completely escapes me, with leaves that look like they have been splashed with a paintbrush.
The black bamboo that I divided – put at the back, as a windbreak and for some vertical lines. Arum Italicum “Marmoratum” (Lords and Ladies). This has marbled cream leaves – which will lighten the dark foot of the wall in the spring and in the autumn the red berries will give a nice splash of colour.
Also in here I am putting Dicentra (Bleeding heart) both the red kind and the white. Now all these plants I have brought – they are not from the previous owners and I think what I look for in my garden it texture and form. Obviously there will be more plants in here – this is just the starting point for this corner.
I have gone through phases in my gardening life when I only had green flowers, I have gone through phases where all the flowers are shades of blue or pink. Without a doubt I find flowers difficult.
I adore them – I go nuts for them in other peoples garden. I love a stand of delphiniums – A grouping of daliahs. Herbaceous borders are divine – but when I go plant shopping what do I buy? – dark leaved shrubs like Physiocarpus Diablo. Perennials that have wonderful leaves like Ligularia Desdemona, or Hosta. Plants I grow from seed include things like white cosmos (ok that’s a flower but its the leaves I like) Verbena bonaris, Painted Sage or the wonderful Cerinthe Major “Purpurascens” (Honeywort).
Often when I do plant “flowers” they are in pots – tulips, pansies, lilies for example. They can be dropped into a place in the border where they will sing with maximum effect for a while.
So back to Nancy’s question – Does my garden style reflect who I am? Definitely. It evolves and grows as I do. It has failures and successes, reflective places, and working places. My garden is built up of many layers and unconsciously it mirrors me. It is an Artists Garden.
But that still doesn’t explain why I feel that I “don’t do flowers” very well!