My heritage garden is a collection of living memories. All relating to people we have lost and those who are still with us. Last Sunday we said goodbye to a family home where we shared many a discussion about politics or the environment. Wonderful people, wonderful food, wine and a very pretty garden.
I only missed a few due to work but I always looked forward to these parties which was strange because I barely knew everyone. It was a fun warm space where I always felt invited and we all felt sad to say goodbye to the house.
As we were thinking about what this home and garden meant to us Gavs dad suggested I take a cutting. It turned out that the beautiful Chilean potato plant was actually a gift from Gavin years ago. It was well over 7 feet tall! I took a lot of cuttings of both.
I had to cut all the plants back to get right size cuttings. I left each plant with just one leaf so all the energy can go to the new roots that I hope to grow. I also have a few cuttings in water in case that works better.
I bought some simple 12.5cm plastic pots for my cuttings and my tomatoes as I didn’t want to overwhelm them with too much space. I bought twenty but I probably could have bought ten more and filled them all up. It’s not supposed to rain today or tomorrow so I gave them a little drink and hopefully they will be happy. I will check in on them everyday.
It didn’t take me long and I used a mix of compost and potting soil. I hope they take root and I can plant them in my garden so that we can remember Jill and Gordon and those wonderful times we shared in their company and in their home.
A few weeks ago I was walking Frank and a neighbour kindly put out these terracotta pots and a few more. They are now home to my very precious cosmos which are growing very well.
Gardening is bringing me a lot of peace at the moment. Watching the poppies bloom, my bulbs flourish and my dahlias grow taller than last year. I feel like I am a few weeks away from having an incredible garden filled with memories from our whole family.
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