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"An addiction to gardening is not at all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."

Reading Sandra's plantaholic confession (06 Apr) reminded me of this excellent line by the American blogger Cara Lee Bell.

There are many types of plant and gardening addiction, most of them harmless (I think!) ... and more than good for the health and contentment of the gardener!

I recently visited the garden of a lady, Susan Lee, who had lived in Wells. The house had been sold after she had died and the new owners were wondering what to do with the garden. They had small children and there was no space to ride a bike or kick a football.

Instead the garden had more than 1,500 roses closely planted in historical date order!

In files Susan left, she described how her father had been a cut rose grower in Cornwall. As a child she'd adored the heady scent of roses in the greenhouses - a scent that always reminded her of him.

The result in later life was her extraordinary 'time trail of roses'.

We all come to gardening in different ways and at different times. Do share in a post how it started for you and what your passion has become.

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Corseside nursery

    When I moved here to Corseside 22 years ago I was a complete novice Jeremy. From a 3rd floor flat to a house in a field....the biggest shock was that grass grows 2 feet tall...my neighbouring farmer lent us a few sheep to help us out for the first few years.
    My first attempts at gardening were comical...I murdered many plants...but then a local elderly lady asked if I would help her in the garden for a few days as she could no longer do it all herself. I returned home with a car full of cuttings, mounds of geraniums and a head full of information. I never tire of watching new shoots and seedlings appear each spring and I never stop learning from other addicts.
    Did they keep the roses? and what got you started Jeremy?

  2. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    “A garden with more than 1,500 roses closely planted in historical date order”
    …that sounds like something I could have done if I had a much bigger garden and much deeper pockets!
    My garden is absolutely tiny, at 62m2 (or 667 square feet), and I have tried to squeeze in as many plants as I can – the rest of the lawn went 2 years ago to make room for more plants.
    The garden is the most important room in my house and as a disabled and housebound I can truly say, my garden keeps me sane :-)

  3. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Well Sandra - here goes. I come from a family of gardeners, but the bug didn’t really get me until I came across Angus White of Architectural Plants when he first started out in Horsham, Sussex, in the late 1980s. He had a really choice collection of interesting, more exotic plants, which I thought would look great in our small town garden in Brighton. With many an experiment and failure, I was hooked.

    Meanwhile I had a quite separate career in digital media, lived in America, then moved back here to Somerset. Two years ago I had the opportunity to take redundancy from Nokia, which was when the idea for GreenPlantSwap took hold.

    Since then I have become a full on 24/7 plantaholic! Building a site around 21,000 plant records could not I think be described as anything else ;-) I still love to garden, but for now my really big gardening adventure is this and seeing if I can do the right things to help GreenPlantSwap grow.

  4. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Helene - you may not have a large garden, but what you create from it in terms of plants, photos and writing is quite incredible! An amazing example of what can be achieved.

    In fact the Wells rose garden is not so large. Not much more than a half an acre I would guess. A section of the plants have found a new home and the remainder will hopefully also be relocated without being broken up.

    If this does not go through, you could well see an extra 1,000 roses on GreenPlantSwap;-)

  5. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    Ahh, I could possibly squeeze in a couple of more roses :-)


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