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Forkers .... i hear many gardening stories and the one i tend to listen to more to is how gardeners actually got into gardening as such . . ... .?
etc .... .... . etc..
OR did you always like gardening from the first days of childhood . ........
ME .... .. runs in blood so to speak ... ....... AND YOU ??
My mum was a single parent Brumbull, she had me age 3 and my brother was 6 months old when our dad died. We had a postage stamp sized garden with a lawn in the middle and the borders were roses, with an apple tree in the corner. She didn't really have time to tidy the garden so I did it from a very young age, probably about 6 or 7, whatever wasn't a rose bush was a weed, so it wasn't difficult From young I loved seeing the garden looking tidy and weed free. I got my own garden at 18 and worked as an IT tech but always loved being out gardening so when I got made redundant 7 years ago I put some ads in local newsagents and the parish magazine to do some gardening to fill the time before I found another job. Needless to say, I never did find another job and am still gardening and now have a waiting list and working for myself has been the best thing I ever did.
My mother asked me for a Honeysuckle to be planted for her wedding day. I didnt have a clue what I was doing!
I went to the garden centre, bought the honeysuckle, came home dug a hole and chucked it in!
That was April 2011. Ever since then I've become more and more interested and learnt so much more than I ever thought possible just by trying out things and using sites like this for information
Oh and the Honeysuckle is doing great :P
This is when I first had it (Well the earliest photo I took March 2012)
And this was it flowering this year
My Grandparents always had a wonderful garden,filled with flowers and vegetables,as did my parents.My interest however was started by the late Geoff Hamilton,I watched his programmes,bought his books and the rest as they say is history.
I was hooked,gardening has become my passion, Nothing is better than raising your own plantsand picking your own veg.My garden is my own little piece of Paradise.
Lovely post msBeehaven.
Hated gardening until my early 20's then suddenly enjoyed it. similar to Matt really in that honeysuckle was first thing I ever planted .....enticed by its scent I think. Hooked line and sinker now...so passionate about plants.
Thanks Verdun, i'm a bit of a plantaholic as well - just wish i had more room and time
All of my family were green-fingered....... I couldn't understand it I had no interest whatsoever.............until I watched (by chance) Gardeners World about 4-5 years ago. Toby and co. were doing potatoes. I thought ooooooooooooo I fancy that! Since then, my garden is now an allotment Last year I spent some time in hospital after a nervous breakdown My garden is my sanctury now, the place I go to lose myself in my thoughts. It has also been my saviour. I can spend nine hours at the time on the floor, lying on my belly, just weeding (much to the laughter of my hubby and kids lol). There is no where else on this Earth that I feel more content.
I can't remember how it started, too long ago. Can't stop now, no better place to be than a garden.
MsBeehaven.....what are your fav plants?
Emma....I think gardenIng is recognised as a sanity saver. I know it's been my escape at times too so you are not alone. And......when we eat our produce what a delight! I think, like the great Monty himself, I get the SAD thing for few weeks but then get lifted by the promise of spring. For me, down here, that can be as early as January
Verdun, my favourite plants are fuchsias and roses but love growing anything to be honest, I take cuttings, sow seeds, adopt things that are being chucked out by others!
what about you?
Oh lord where do you want me to start, how long have you got? I grew an Encliandra type for the first time this year - love those. The rest a pretty run of the mill ones I think
Kath Wilson, Display, Orange Crush, Voodoo, Paula Jane (bought for me as that's my name), Deltas Sarah, Army Nurse, Celia Smedley, quite a few of the really large flowered types. I've probably forgotten quite a few as well
Want to have a go at growing a standard next year, I took some cuttings during the summer and a couple have 3 growing points which is a good start. I'll overwinter them in the greenhouse and start them off in Spring.
Have you grown your standards Brumbull? I'll be bending your ear for advice
I started when I was about 11 because I was Travel sick! No one else in the family was remotely interested in gardening.
Late starter. Had no interest until my early 30s, it didnt seem very rock and roll, but then we bought our current house which had a very large garden that was completely overgrown. Initially I started just to try and keep things tidy. Next I bought a few plants and was surprised that they seemed to do ok, but really had no idea what should go where. Next I started reading everything I could but, the real revelation was when I grew my first seeds, this was surpassed when those seeds produced flowers and the cycle repeated.
Throughout hectic years of an increasingly miserable medical career the garden kept me sane much longer than should have have been. Eventually things did get too much and I spent the next 7 years in and out of work. Finally a prolonged period of illness forced me to take early retirement.
The garden has helped me to recover. I am now getting back to the person I was, still not there but, the garden has been a big part of that recovery.
Anyway perhaps gardening is rock and roll.
My parents weren't gardeners and our garden was a bit of a desert. I probably started by cutting the grass to make it fit to play cricket and putting.
I always knew that I wanted to garden, as did my wife. All the houses we owned, except one, were new-build which meant they all had to be planned and planted up by the 2 of us. The current garden is 0.8 acres., so it took a while. We also had allotments from time to time, and the only 2nd-hand house we bought had a very long garden to allow for a vegetable garden at the far end.
Everything we ever knew came from TV, books, visiting gardens and trial and error. I like trying new things, the latest being an alpine house. Alpine beds and troughs may follow.