Melanie Caughey: Garden Readings
"For above all, a garden should furnish
food for the imagination, and these fantastic forms are indeed made of such
stuff as dreams."
- pg. 80, Medieval Gardens, by Frank Crisp (New York: Hacker Art Books, 1966) First published in 1924.
My parents had many gardens, in different places and at different homes, one with a lovely garden arbor seat built by my father and grandfather. That yard was very long; I really liked the upright tires painted white that formed a casual fence into the garden. But my ideal of a garden was formed when I was maybe 4 years old, from trips to my Great-Aunt Velma Woodruff's garden. She had many beautiful flowers, enjoyed in an atmosphere of family camaraderie on strolls about the yard but also had quite a collection of lawn ornaments, which to my youthful eyes brought the magic and charm of an amusement park or state fair right into the back yard. I was smitten with the beauty of her yard, and have appreciated lawn ornaments ever since (despite their time frame!) And, of course, reading has long been a favorite of mine, so garden books are a natural interest.
"I know that to mine own soil, light, zone, and energy level I must be true. ... I don't care too much about a rose's accomplishments as long as it is healthy. I don't plant delicate plants near the dog's path's or expect an astilbe to bloom in draught. Yes, I have learned the limitations and possibilities of my little city plot" - Sigrid Arnott, in The Gardener's Bedside Reader, Kari Cornell, Editor
"In March and in April, from morning to night, in sowing and setting, good gardeners delight." - Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points, 1573
"You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt" - Author Unknown
diamonds in the paper I do frame
And in the ground I can draw the same
Four separate quarters fit for to be drawn
With herb or box for to set flowers there in"
-Blake, The Complete Gardeners Practice
Medieval plant list IN PROGRESS
Click here further details about reference sources listed below812 - Emperor Charlemagne, "Capitulare de Villis vel Curtis Imperiali Caroli Magni"
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Warning. I do NOT have any horticulturist training; therefore do not rely on anything here.