Remember that meditation garden I designed last year for the Benedictine Sisters? It’s filling in nicely, and I go down to see now and then, to check on its progress. It’s only been a year and a half since we began the installation, but what an exceptionally awful year it’s been – especially the past six months or so. With the pandemic shutting everything down, like most everyone else the Sisters found themselves on lockdown, with extra time on their hands. They were bored and wanted a cutting garden, so they could make bouquets. Plus – as we all know – spending time in gardens is good for both heart and soul, especially in grievous times.
Recently, I got called back down there for a consultation. The Sisters want to rework some other areas of the campus as well. “We’re tired of looking at it”, said my feisty favorite, Sister Jane. When I asked what they want me to do, I was told I can do whatever I want. Within reason, of course, but…. Hooray!! How fun!
Some plants can be divided and spread around, and some will most definitely do better in a different spot. Others still, are simply best removed and replaced. So, for the last couple of weeks, I have spent one day a week playing at being an estate gardener. They even granted me digging help in the form of a gentleman named Aden. He’s great! I wish I could bring him home to help me out in my garden.
The nuns took a field trip to nearby Swan Island Dahlias and ordered their favorites for next spring. My plan is to replace tired old shrubs mostly with others (and some perennials too), using the same kind of criteria I used in the meditation garden – plus the addition of one more; their flowers and foliage should preferably hold up great in a vase. This is my newest learning curve, and I could use your help. What is your favorite cut flower/foliage/berries/etc.?