Posted: 20/05/2014 at 22:48
How old is your garden better still how old are your plants. Being brought up during my childhood and youth to know a very old walled garden, a Father who was brought up from an early age looking after the garden and small holding whose one and only interest was gardening. Well not quite he was a gentle quiet man who loved boxing, not the taking part, he let me do that but could talk about the subject and never missed the local bouts held in the club. His motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it do not bother growing it, this did not apply to his Peony's Arum Lilies, Chrysanthemums Lilac bushes Lily of the valley and Carnations, all of which he showed and won prizes with.
So was I spoilt well yes the gardens I have owned over the years never came up to the standard I had grown up with, saying that I never had stables or animals for natures tonic as we had in the old house.
My garden today I say is 31 years old, a new build with lawns back front and sides, a couple of Lawsonia a Thuja and a couple of crab apples all on the front and no bigger than my grandchildren. Then started the make over plants from the old home, my Parents moved as it got too much for them, we had buckets pots and cuttings which all found a place. A peony that was older than my Dad, A Juniperas my Mother kept in a pot which was twenty years old when I got it.
Some of those plants have been all over the garden until they found the place they loved, The Geum had six moves and this year is giving me the best show yet. The Deutzia Gracilis a pure white I saw today is in full blossom after three moves, the Paeonia are coming one after the other and thriving, the carnations need splitting and more cuttings taken. There are many more newer plants yet the old ones are the ones I love, the question being just how old are our gardens.