On one of my garden trips
in the UK I visited the famous Great Dixter garden. There I saw the pink
flowering plant for the first time in ‘the sunken garden’. I immediately fell
in love with this extraordinary plant. I bought some seeds and with a lot of
patience I managed to raise two plants. After two years they started flowering.
Every year when the beautiful pink flowers appear again, I am sitting
next to them in awe. The flowers move on every sigh of wind. Those flowers,
But, is a gardener ever satisfied? Is it ever enough? No. In another UK garden
I saw a Dierama plant for sale. Dierama ‘Guinevere’, that name alone
makes you have to have it! So, the plant went home with me.
Guinevere has been in my garden for three years now. Flowers? Alas none!
Where is she waiting for? For her lover Lancelot?
For that reason, I will strictly address her. You will have to flower!
Otherwise I will dig you out!
This month I want to challenge you with an experiment. An experiment in
the garden or on the balcony. Why? No reason why, just FOR FUN!
For example, plant a cauliflower in the front yard, or a peanut in the soil.
Sprinkle the bird feed into the border and see what will germinate. Buy a
half-dead plant in the sales corner or cut a fainted plant in half. Or even cut
it once more! You will see things happening that will surprise you.
Of course you will get a lot of comment on your experiments. That will
make you feel REBELISH and that might make you happy!
Personally, I am always “in” for an experiment. Last May I bought 10
tulips bulbs in a stall in Amsterdam. The vendor said it still was possible to
plant these. (As you might know, usually you plant bulbs in October). So I planted
the bulbs. Result of the experiment: 5 out of 10 tulips were growing, but no
flower appeared. Experiment failed.
Another experiment. Planting potatoes in a container pot. (Tip for the
balcony). From each pot I harvested 1.5 kg of potatoes. A potato breeder will
laugh at it, but I'm very happy with my self-grown potatoes! Experiment successful.
I have also sown corn in your example garden. This corn will get green
seeds. GREEN seeds! Can you imagine that on your plate? You will hear about it
later in the season.
As you have noticed, it does not matter whether the experiment works or fails.
EVERY experiment will make you happy.
So now it is up to you dear garden girls. I am really curious about your
CRAZY experiments. JUST DO IT AND FEEL