Visiting Paula is like getting a gardening tutorial. She led me around her incredibly gorgeous garden pointing at each plant and identifying it. Then she’d say “You want some of that?” and I’d answer, “Sure.” Before I knew it I had bucketsful of roots, runners and seedlings. I wish my camera was working better on my last visit - I gotta go back and take more photos, but here are a few snaps of Paula’s place:
They turned the former site of their above ground pool into corn rows!
She’s putting her potatoes in a tire tower -- she has even more growing out back in some straw.
This amazing corkscrew tree is no longer putting out leaves, but Paula will be growing flowering vines on it. Strange and beautiful.
Isn’t this a pretty shed?
As you may have guessed, the plants in Paula’s garden are so comfortable that they’re not happy to stay in their corner. They’re out to make friends and claim new territory, often growing out of their designated spaces. Isn't it lucky I came along?
Paula likes to know how things are faring, and I promised her a report, so here we go (Please do let me know if I have any of these identies wrong!)
Trumpet Vine – I put the two red runners in a deck container along with the yellow one I bought.
One got damaged somehow and didn’t make it, but the other seems to be putting out new leaves. I know they may not have enough room, but if it climbs the arbor, I’ll be fine with it.
Foxglove – very content - sending up new leaves!
Forget Me Nots – appears to have taken root. Bloom time has passed but they're putting out the seeds. Catmint
– hanging out happily with the rest of the herbs.
Chinese lantern – wilted at first, but sprung right up again. .I thought that Paula said this was Datura, but when I looked at photos of it on the web, the foliage was different. Can anyone help identify? In any case, it's doing just fine!
Lilies – were standing at attention next to my stargazers – that is until the deer came.
Now the tops and all the buds are gone. Oh well, at least the roots are intact and there’s hope for next year.
Paula thought this might be Horehound (?)– definitely smells like Root Beer! Looking green growing. Now, lest you think I am content to have the deer invade us, here is my current act of desperation.
It took awhile, but I finally found a use for those extra bamboo poles!
The Paulas of the world are special people. I'm not sure if I'm more impressed by her garden or her generosity. Maybe you know someone who’s been generous with their recipes or books? Or someone who’s taken the time to teach you some special skills? Do you have a Paula in your life?