The most challenging of gardens we work on is one with no budget for new plants at all. Initially we felt stifled by this constraint. How were we going to make a difference? Eight years later and still no money for new plants, this has defined our gardening style.
Fortunately the garden had many different areas to begin with. The formal, although once overgrown, herbaceous border, the mixed shrub and perennial border, the rose gardens, the wild gardens and the woods.
We had to be imaginative, planting wild flowers in the gaps of the formal areas and ‘naturalising’ divisions of perennial plants in the wild garden because we just couldn’t throw them away. Consequently the garden now has a wild and slightly unruly charm about it that is very satisfying to work in and our propagation skills have come on a treat.
I am Wendy Rose and I am one of the very lucky people in life who has found their dream job. Every morning I wake up, spring out of bed, throw on some old clothes, make myself a delicious, nutritious packed lunch and a flask of coffee and set off to work.
I am a Gardener. On the face of it, not a particularly prestigious job nor a very glamorous one, nevertheless one I love very much, every day. I have indeed tried those more ‘high flying’ careers, having trained and worked initially as an Interior Designer, however, once I started learning about the wonderful world of horticulture and took more notice of the ever changing beauty of nature, right in front of my eyes, I never looked back.
I came to gardening later in life than some. I was a single Mother of two boisterous young boys and, as is common these days, my remaining family lived too far away to help me care for them. I needed a job first and foremost with flexibility. My other criteria for a job was; one that kept me fit, as I had no time for a gym, an enjoyable commute, creativity, sociability, a sense of living for the day and most of all peace, in my heart and in my mind. Every day of the week I work with different gardeners who enrich my life immensely. I imagine that a large percentage of the information that I will share with you on gardening jobs and musings will come out of previous conversations we have had that week at work.
So now you have a flavour of who I am by reading my first ever post on my first ever blog. I hope you will enjoy my future reflections on gardening. I dedicate my blog to my horticultural tutors at Plumpton College, Bridget, Jim and Julie, for instilling in me their pure enjoyment and true passion for all things horticultural and the two inspirational women, Laurie McMillan, now also a Tutor at Plumpton and Rebecca Wells – Nirvana Plantscapes, who took me on in my early days and taught me the Art of Gardening.