A Garden is More than Flowers

Walking through a garden we see sweeping vistas created by subtle shades of green,

swathes of primary colors and complimentary hues that appear to form a tapestry over the landscape.

But hidden just beneath this visible surface, is a world of faces, impressions and memories.  How many of you, have in your gardens plants that were given to you by a mother or father, sister or brother, daughter or son one warm  spring day.

Perhaps you rescued a plant from a site that was about to be razed for a housing development.

Or as often happened with my father, a seed pod would find its way into his pocket and the following year a new plant would appear in his garden. Every garden has its stories.  Walk through mine and see whats lies beneath…


My father believed  the leaves of this hosta  would turn green if it was allowed to flower! It was my job to remove the flowers as soon as the stalks appeared.

As a child this clematis grew aside our chimney.  It was a gift to my mother from her son.  It was rescued after the flood and has  leaped to various locations in my garden.

A farmhouse down the road was razed to make way for a new housing development.  Along with rocks and flagstone, these blue came home to rest under the lilac. I wonder, whose hands planted these the first time?

This daylily was purchased many years ago one sunny afternoon while driving to visit a friend who had moved out of the valley.  I stopped at small nursery many miles from our old home but just 2 miles from where we live now.  I had always dreamed of living in the country near that nursery.

Dreams do come true.


6 thoughts on “A Garden is More than Flowers

  1. Hi,

    I found your blog while searching wordpress on “Gardening” today & thought this post was beautiful! 🙂 I love that there’s a history to your yard.

    Also, a funny side note about “The Iris & the Lily” – when the home next door to my house was vacant for a little while in the spring last year (between owners), I snuck over & planted iris & lily plants all along the side of the house that faces my house! That way I know something will be blooming for a good part of the summer & we’ll have a better view out our windows.. *Heh heh heh* Needless to say, your blog title made me smile. 🙂

  2. I always admired the beautiful perennial bed you planted (just to the left of your property at the old house)….so much that several years ago, I decided to plant a similar one in my back yard. The week I began this garden, my mom was visiting me and I have a picture of her standing and looking down from the backporch watching me plant. My mom is gone now, but I often think of her watching me from heaven as I care for my flowers. So now, I suppose I have several faces in my garden, too! Yours, who inspired my garden and my mom’s, who is with me when I am planting :<)

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