Editor’s Note from Kristy at Prairie North:
It is my pleasure to introduce to you our Auntie. Yes, she is one of our collective Prairie North Aunties. If you ask her nicely, she’d probably be your auntie too.
She is our Auntie Shelley – she is so fun, loving, thoughtful, beautiful, badass, and constantly keeps us laughing. We also think she has some pretty great wisdom to share, both from her garden and from her life. We are so excited to have her write for our blog and contribute some words of wisdom and photos of her beautiful garden. Enjoy!
My garden is packed with heritage plants. Lots of Delphis happily growing entwined with many other heirloom varieties of clematis, columbines, dianthus, coreopsis, rudbekias, day lilies, shasta daisies, forget me nots, and bachelor buttons. There are many more, but I think you may be getting the drift.
A crazy, colourful, overplanted English Cottage Garden. That’s what I prefer.
I worked for awhile at a very fancy greenhouse and the horticulturist there was of the opinion that the very ‘dated’ English Garden was quite unsightly, always looked overgrown, was very difficult to weed, and hard to manage.
“So,” he said with his perfect nose in the air, “…a thing of the past.”
Needless to say, I kept my gardening style to myself.
My friends at Prairie North have given me this lovely opportunity to share my love of all things green, and funnily enough refer to it as gardening wisdom from our Auntie. That cracked me up. I’m not sure what kind of wisdom I have to offer, but I have love in heaps for the greenies and the ciderists!
I’d be happy to answer questions if I can. You can leave any gardening questions you have in the comments below!
Like most things in life, try not to sweat the small stuff, and in the garden, it’s usually mostly small stuff.
Plant liberally, water when it’s cool and if you must water in direct sun, try really hard not to get any water on the leaves, as it works like a magnifying glass and burns rather than hydrates. Kind of like when as teenagers we used baby oil to tan with and then spritzed ourselves with water! Can you say skin cancer! Oh, but we were so brown and healthy looking. Then. Now we look like a bit of old fruit, or maybe raisins.
On that note, enjoy your gardens and be bold. Overplant! Life is too short for perfect plantings. More is more!
If you have a gardening question you’d like answered, leave a comment below.