My mother was rarely without her Filofax. It acted as her PDA—she used it much the way I use my iPhone. Except she also used it as her wallet and general catch-all, so like my iPhone case, her Filofax was always overstuffed and unable to be neatly snapped shut! When cleaning out her office, I found six different editions. One was green, one red, and the other purple; there’s also a black one, and her last one was blue. I took a quick glance through them at first but found it overwhelming, until this past weekend when I decided to read through three of them. It seems she sorted through each year’s pages and kept those of significance and sorted them by topics. Four are garden related and the other two are personal. One chronicled the decline and death of her husband (my stepfather) that took place in the wake of 9/11, and bits of that devastation are woven throughout. She also was very blunt about just how inconsolably sad she was after his death. It was very moving. I read and cried, and when I finished I looked at the clock and it was 2:00 a.m.!
In one of the garden journals she had gathered all her thoughts on color in the garden—what turned out to be the best combination of plants in pots and in borders. It was fascinating to read and understand the real depth and committed passion with which she approached every garden she created. This journal had entries as far back as 1991, so it covered two out of three of her gardens.
What I have chosen to share first is her musings on “good purple flowers” and “good purple foliage.”
Wanting to know what each of the list looked like, I Googled them, and here are the results. I recognize many of them by sight but I never knew the names.
This can be found in the garden I inherited.
Heuchera Amethyst Veil
As can this.
Clematis Etoile de Malicorne
And, I smiled when I saw this Clematis. I remember Mum fighting the elements to grow this one at the house we lived in when I was about 13. The wind would constantly knock it down. So she taught me how to staple it (gently) to the house to help it grow up. I think after that ordeal, she used them strictly in pots.
I will be sharing more of her favorite plant choices by color and her favorite combinations for pots and borders. I am learning a lot!
In honor of Mum’s love of purple, today I’m giving away a Dash & Albert Quartz Stripe 2′ x 3′ woven cotton rug (valued at $30)! All you have to do to win is comment on this post below. The giveaway starts on Tuesday, June 12, and runs until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 14. (View the full rules here.)
Congratulations to our winner, Stella Y. from California!
Images courtesy of Bassin nature http://blog.bassin-nature.com/2010/05/31/etoile-de-malicorne/, Castle Gardener http://gardener.blogg.se/2007/july/dagens-vaxt-navan-brookside.html, Green Gate Farms http://www.greengatefarms.com/index.cfm?CFID=fe2ad25e-a513-4598-9ba5-a703f3280aca&CFTOKEN=0&jsessionid=442843B0344C440503F0DCD92CCCA628.railo-04&fuseaction=plants.main, Church Creek Nursery http://www.churchcreeknursery.com/index.php?mact=Products,cntnt01,default,1, east bay wilds http://www.flickr.com/photos/eastbaywilds/sets/72157622251097851/detail/, Healthy Home Gardening http://healthyhomegardening.com/Plant.php?pid=1128