Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The spirit of Heirloom gardening

400 bulbs is what Tasha has got stored somewhere at her house. I did my research for pictures and planting information about her Gladiolus, White Abysinnian gladiolus, Border Dahlias, Dutch Iris, Queen Fabiola, Allium neopolitanium, Anemones mixed, and Double begonia's.
Two thirds of those needed to have been planted in the Autumn. I will risk planting the Glads, both normal and Abysinnian, containers for the begonias and dahlias. Our weather is two weeks behind so they might catch up. Im tempted to try a few Anemones as mine sprouted quite quickly.
Sallyanne never mentioned a ten foot crazy hedge that is out of control. I have seen the five foot nettles totally covering the front garden. The Side and back look workable. We are trying to arrange transport over on thursday morning so i can begin the Herculean task of rescueing a severely neglected plot. Its hard to know without actually seeing the site.
Looking at the sun, the position of walls, fences, slopes, soil type and condition,and so on.
In short i am very excited and have passed on some of my enthusiasm to them.Two days off work with not a nurse in sight!I can concentrate on my violin, and the gardening.
I will post pictures of course, and i hope that my skill can be realised on a neglected area, and inspire Tasha to keep up the work, and to build her own garden.
Once the weeds are vanquished (temporarily i know, it may take years to drive them back) and the borders are defined its a simple job to fill it with plants, tree's and flowers.
It takes years for it to be near perfection, but thats the fun of it.Its never complete, always one more thing to do.
One hundred bulbs need to be planted, and i am bringing some of my own garden to start Tasha's. The spirit of the cottage garden/heirloom garden lives on. Violas, pansys, forget me nots, evening primroses, morning glories, sunflowers, and whatever i think i will need. One area will be planted properly; the memorial garden.
Does anybody know how to get Dicentra? Does it give viable seeds for growing? I want to plant that as a centre piece for her Mum Tina. The bleeding heart is so apt for the pain of bereavement and loss.
This morning I will pick the plants for transfer, try to split my herbs, and other shrubs to take some solid planting. ( bulbs look spectacular but as you know they are under the soil for ages...)
I read in that heirloom gardening book that flowers/plants/climbers were propogated, then given to family and friends. Some of the Varieties Jo Ann gardener saw were unbroken for 120 years which is mad.
Donating my plants for a family member will start healing i hope. That is the spirit of heirloom gardening. Sharing our garden treasures, and keeping the flame alive of the love of nature. The beauty and grace inherant in every leaf, stem, flower, and seed make us feel alive.


Kerri said...

Snappy, the bleeding heart won't have seed pods for quite a while. You'll probably want to put the plant in before that. It's a shame you're in another country and not close by, or I'd give you a plant.
I hope you have good luck the the heirloom project. Sounds like a lot of work. It's a nice thing you're doing! Have fun.

snappy said...

thanks kerri.Tasha now wants a small weeping willow tree as a memorial plant in the front garden.I will buy me a bleeding heart when i have money and when i find one to buy.It will stay on my wishlist.Thanks for commenting!