Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tale of Two Gardens

There is my garden, which is mostly perennials and self-seeders, with a few herbs for cooking and making tea. It is meant mainly for beauty.

Oriental poppies; click to enlarge.

Then there is Scott's garden, which is all vegetables; purely practical.

Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and pumpkin are now in the ground.
It is my contention that beauty is perfectly practical, as pleasure is important, and that practicality is quite beautiful, because without it you're in big trouble, and vegetable plants give great satisfaction as you watch and help them grow and produce. And it's hard to top the flavour of a fresh garden tomato. Or a new potato. Mmm, beautiful! 

Flowers nourish the spirit, vegetables nourish the body. Two sides of the same coin?

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Maggie Turner on "We've Got Grouse-lings": 
Beautiful garden Kate! You inspire me to give growing Poppies a try! 

These orange ones are oriental poppies, which spread like weeds, more each year. They bloom early, and then I cut them back to about eight inches high in hopes they'll bloom a second time. The foliage gets brown and ugly later in the summer, so something needs to be planted in front of them to hide it. This year when they've finished blooming, I'll be pulling a lot of them out completely because they are encroaching upon my rose bushes (I blame them for the roses not doing particularly well) and I hope this will give the roses a leg up. But the poppies will come back just as thick next year, and in the same places. I don't think you can fail, growing poppies!


  1. All I have time for here is vegetables . Although I can appreciate the flowers in other people's gardens. And the wild ones of course.

  2. Each year I plan on doing a garden, but never do. Last time we did the rabbits and the gophers quite enjoyed themselves. Nothing better then home grown veggies. Enjoy.

  3. As I think I may have told you, I have a 7 inch pot of pansies. and I love vegetables, so I think you can count me in.

  4. Love the title of this post! I am with you Kate, on feeling both flower and food gardens are needed. If I had to chose, all things being equal, I would go with flowers and buy my vegetables from an organic farm. As it is, we too have two gardens, well, more accurately a patchwork of flowers and food plants.


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