Does your garden have a history? When we moved into our 1950s house six years ago, we inherited a huge yard and flower garden. We own almost two acres, which is unheard of within the city limits. Unfortunately, we also inherited tons of work for which my husband and I were sadly unprepared.
We've since bought the right tools and we're making progress, but my husband periodically threatens to mow over all the flowers and be done with it. I'm adamantly against taking this action, because I think about the woman who lived here before us and all the loving care she put into planting everything. Clearly at one time, there was a plan. But in the years after her death, her husband couldn't keep it up so the gardens were neglected.
Aside from recognizing the effort the former owner put into these gardens, I have additional knowledge that gives me pause. I met her best friend a couple of years ago, quite by accident, and learned a lot about Audrey, the lady with the green thumb. One of those things I learned was she had a daughter who died when she was a teenager. The back gardens were planted as a memory garden for her daughter. When I'm out there admiring the flowers, I often think of this young woman I never knew and her mother's love for her. What a great tribute to make to a lost loved one. That's all the motivation I need to keep the gardens thriving.
Here are more photos of what's growing and blooming this week. Does anyone know what the purple flower below is called? It suddenly popped up this year.