Saturday, May 28, 2011
The primroses are the only really antique plants I have - but I have plants from my parent's garden in Kingston - day lillies and peonies and perennial sweet peas. There are other plants that are from the people I love in spirit only: hellebore, lillies of the valley, lilac.
I wondered recently why the hydrangeas out front seemed special to me, when they are really very common plants. And I remembered a huge, wonderful hydrangea in my parent's back yard, and how when my grandmother lay dying I cut a huge bouquet of them for her room, and how glad I was to have those flowers so near to her at her passing.
I can't imagine a garden without memory. It would be a sterile thing.