Waterford, south-east Ireland, 19th June 2021
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”
― Coco Chanel
There were two occasions during this past week when happenchance gave me a gardening activity I really enjoy. The first was with snowdrops and the second with erythroniums. On both occasions I noticed the snouts sticking out of the ground, a sure indication that the bulbs below were congested and needed to be lifted and replanted with a little space. The snowdrop was one I found a few years ago and, while I had expected to find eight to ten bulbs, there was around thirty instead, so a very pleasant surprise. There were two “small” clumps of the erythroniums which turned out to be over a hundred tubers when I lifted them. They were in a bed which I had extended a little only recently so I had plenty of room for them. I find this a very pleasant and enjoyable activity. By its nature it is a slow and easy job, physically undemanding, mentally relaxing and a time to appreciate what we have and to imagine what we will have in the future. It’s a time to stop and enjoy the garden.
In that vein, my look back at this week in the garden will be a little more relaxed with none of the listing of work done and all of simply enjoying the garden. I won’t even stretch myself to the whole garden but will remain in a small area, The White Garden, which the Head Gardener has made over the past number of year.
I have put two slideshows together. The first shows various views of The White Garden and the second is a selection of plants grown there. I already realise I have left out a number but there are enough to give you a good sense of what is growing there.
The White Appendix:
Waking early and lying in bed allows thoughts to creep in to the old head. I wrote the above last evening – something to do while Gardeners’ World was on the television! – and as I lay in bed this morning my mind wandered back to The White Garden and to the plants I hadn’t included and I felt I should try to add them now. Believe it or not, I couldn’t find a photograph of the delphiniums there and there are a small number I couldn’t recall and I wasn’t going to wake The Head Gardener to ask her – she needs her rest after all the work she does in the garden. So, here you have a few more of the plants in The White Garden:
Click on the first photograph to begin a slideshow of larger images:
I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator”. To read more contributions go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read!