Monday 11 May 2015

A Garden of Rememberance

Gardens are not simply pretty, they create memories. My arum lilly has produced its first flower in Galicia.
I have several more dotted around but these arums have a story to tell. When I bought a new house in the UK with my first husband, my Grandmother dug up some arum lilly roots from her garden wrapped them in newspaper and gave them to me for my new garden. She also told me their story. When she was newly wed to my Granddad he was a gardener at Charterhouse Public School. He bought her some roots of the arum home to her as a gift.  Ever since she had faithfully taken pieces to every house she had lived in. This all happened nearly a hundred years ago and she died aged 95, a good age. 

My Granddad  died before I was born so I never knew him but the lilly is the best link I have to both of them.  My daughter bought the pieces of root over to Galicia in her suitcase from our house in the UK. Perhaps she will carry on the tradition to another generation.

 When I wander through the garden I see the plants but also the people who helped me with them. Over Winter, Tim and I chose four old  style scented roses together, including an old Gallica, Damask, and Moss types. I await their flowering with excitement, I won't be able to look at them without remembering the choosing process and discussion that went into it (there were lots to choose from). My daughter also can't resist a scented rose and I have a couple of impulse buys from her in the garden. The gift that lasts.

Trees are an even better way of leaving your mark on the landscape.

“A thing which I regret, and which I will try to remedy some time, is that I have never in my life planted a walnut. Nobody does plant them nowadays—when you see a walnut it is almost invariably an old tree. If you plant a walnut you are planting it for your grandchildren, and who cares a damn for his grandchildren?” 
― George Orwell

Tim and I have planted a couple of Walnuts, we both hope we will live long enough to eat a nut from them but if not maybe our grandchildren will.


  1. How beautiful that you have such a lovely reminder of your Grandparents! We have two walnuts, I think. Not particularly conveniently placed, and still smallish, but they´re walnuts after all.

    Please post lots of pics of your roses as they progress. I have a list of five favorite roses my Dad planted. He didn´t have much success, pre-internet and in zone 3, but he tried.

  2. I will do that, we have inherited some pink and white hybrid tea roses which are typical of Galicia and are not perfumed. We chose Quatre Saisons (pink damask) William Lobb (dark pink moss rose) Gloire de Dijon (Buff yellow noisette climbing rose) and Wild Edric (dark pink hedging rose). They should all be heavily scented in their own way. I will certainly post pics if they flower this year. I got them from David Austin Roses who post to Galicia.