A Garden Labyrinth

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The Morse's labyrinth

And what is retirement for, if not to make a few dreams come true? And what is a garden for, if not to satisfy the longings of your heart?

I have learned a lot from watching the garden of my best garden buddy, Bub, develop. The most satisfying garden, for the gardener and for others, is one that grows out of the desires of your heart. Bub’s garden is filled with hellebores, daylilies, and even trees that she grew from seed, musical instruments she can play, birds, chipmunks, and squirrels she can watch and feed, and a labyrinth through which she walks.

Hellebore, seed-grown by BubShe has far more passalong plants than rarities, but the garden is laid out well; each area has a purpose and you are gently led from one area to the next. Gordon Hayward would approve. This time of the year, her garden is glorious with daffodils, which put me in mind to share it with you, but there’s too much to fit into a blog entry. I wrote an article about her garden for Upstate Gardeners’ Journal last spring; it’s reprinted here. Lucky for you, I was able to include more photographs than were originally published with the article. At the end of that article are links to more information.

Think about your own garden: What is there about it that says “you”?

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Hydroponics Guru August 31, 2007, 10:50 pm

That is absolutely beautiful! I wish I had the space to grow a huge garden such as yours. The Labryth reminds me of my childhood…

Oldroses April 27, 2007, 8:58 pm

My gardens are messy and constantly changing. You’re right! They are like me. I’m very messy and always trying new things.

I love Bub’s labyrinth. Hmmm…I wonder if I could work one into my yard.

Kathy Purdy April 27, 2007, 6:17 am

Carol, without ever having seen your garden, I suspect it would be the fairies that would say “you” more than anything else. But I suppose your vegetable garden, culitvated with the same Germanic orderliness as your gardening ancestors, also says a bit about you.

Carol April 26, 2007, 9:06 pm

Interesting question, “what is it about your garden that says ‘you’?” I think for me it is my vegetable garden or maybe it is my overgrown night blooming cereus.