I never expected the dream to come true.........but come true it did. A journey began that rooted the garden to me, and me to the garden.
I had no real experience. A little girl that helped Dad and Grandad..........oh how grateful I am to them both, for allowing me to get my hands dirty.
Both cottage gardeners, compost the most important addition to their garden....never buy a plant, grow it yourself.
Oh yes, no real experience, but lots of memories. Rarely a day goes by, that I do not think of one of them and smile.
I planted the Californian pine when we moved here. It wasn't supposed to be this large but it has been a wonderful addition to the garden. It attracts so many birds, for me a bonus.
I planted a seed two years ago, it has been a long time coming.
My father philosophy was "Let it alone, it will grow if it wants to" Strangely I have found him to be right. So often I plant something and forget that I have, then suddenly I notice the first green shoot. My Father walks with me in this garden. He spent so much time here.......teaching me the old ways......sitting together in the sunshine chatting about plants.
It is nearly three years since he passed away..........I miss him as much today, as the day he died but it does not hurt anymore.
I think of him with great affection and know I was so lucky to call him 'My Dad'