In this week’s SMYG I am excited to show the one belonging to my parents-in-law M and S (this combination made me giggle). I think I would say visiting their garden so often and talking about plants whetted my appetite for this hobby. The first couple of times you are in it, you can appreciate it is a beautiful garden, but the more you go, the more you discover. There is something for every month that keeps the garden interesting. I would say the highlight at the moment is this passion flower. It stems from one sole plant and has been trained to grow up creating this curtain. It is so exotic looking with all its layers.
The couple cannot remember the name of this plant, but I found it fascinating. It has thorns, and looks like sea holly from the top. It not only produces these lovely purple flowers, but if you look inside, there is a more delicate white flower. (EDIT: It’s called Acanthus Spinosus)
The garden is also a place of remembrance. My mother-in-law is a district nurse, she told me that a few years ago she was caring for a patient suffering of terminal cancer with whom she spoke about the garden. When he died, his daughter called M and told her that 2 days before he died he was in the garden potting up plants that were to be given to her as a thank you. She went to the house and was met with 20 different plants, it took her 2 car journeys to fit everything in. One of those plants is the pink hollyhock, “W’s hollyhock”.
There are also charms to remember the passing of S’s parents. Boyfriend’s paternal grandmother passed away in 2009 (I think! Correct me!); his paternal grandfather passed in 2012. They bough a bird ornament in honour of his affection for them.
Now, on to the questions!