Saturday, April 18, 2009

A sunny Saturday in the garden

Although the viburnum blossoms started popping today, there's nothing much happening in the back garden other than the daffodils and the potted pansies and primroses I showed you two posts ago. But there are several things blooming in the front garden: grape hyacinths, brunnera, bleeding heart, two young rhododenderons, and of course, the daffodils and jonquils.

Does this garden look a little messy to you? It's totally a matter of taste, but I love my cottage garden, which is essentially a mad jumble of shapes and colors. I don't like carefully manicured shrubs surrounded by neat mounds of mulch with perhaps a few well-behaved geraniums or petunias added for color--which is a good thing, because that kind of garden is a lot more work than the kind we have. We do very little shrub-trimming because I like the wild look. There's hardly any weeding because the plants are too crowded for weeds to gain a foothold. And there's no drawing up of complicated plans or dithering about color-coordination and balance. We basically just stick plants into the ground wherever there's space, and then we water them in and whisper, "You can grow nicely, or you can be compost. Your choice!" (Come to think of it, that's almost exactly the way we brought up our two rascally boys.)

But I'm rambling, just like some of my roses. And some of you new NRJW readers may be wondering what all of this has to do with writing novels.

In a nutshell, my gardens inspire me. I spend much more time daydreaming in them than I do actually working in them. I call the patio my summer office because on nice days I drag my computer out there and write romance among the roses.

Is it any wonder all of my books have happy endings?

5 comments:

Julana said...

Brenda,
I'm on my way over with a cuppa tea. Leave gate unlatched.

lynnrush said...

OMG. This is so beautiful! Great pictures!!

Brenda Coulter said...

Lynn and Julana, I'm glad you're enjoying the pics. As I posted on Twitter this morning, I wonder if some of the people who come here expecting to find posts about writing get annoyed off when they see a bunch of garden photos. (Like the way I get annoyed when I see too many "cute kitty" photos on a gardening blog.)

Carol said...

Hi, Brenda. I love your garden pictures. The frost got the few tulips and daffodils I planted, so my garden looks pretty bleak right now. It's a pleasure to see lovely flowers growing somewhere, even if it's only in a picture.

Brenda Coulter said...

I feel for you, Carol. That happened to me a couple of years in a row, so I planted some later-blooming bulbs. Now when my early daffodils get zapped, I just have to wait a couple of weeks for the next batch.