Things are plodding along very nicely in the veg patch - seeds are germinating, plants are growing, potatoes are planted. All as it should be for the time of year and so really there is nothing particularly exciting to write about or photograph. For that reason I thought I would diverge a bit on this week's How Does Your Garden Grow post and write about who inspired me to get gardening. That after all is the bedrock of how my garden now grows!
The first person to inspire me to get in to gardening was my grandfather's gardener, Harry. I remember as a very young child following him around as he tended the garden. He seemed very old to me and I think he probably was. My grandfather died when I was 5 and Harry died not long after. I have no photos of him and to be honest I am not even 100% sure he was called Harry but I can still see him, very much like the gardener in this painting, pushing his heavy wooden wheelbarrow around and showing me things he was doing. I'll never know if he enjoyed having me follow him or was too polite to tell his employer's granddaughter to go away but I do remember being fascinated with the work he did.
|The Old Gardener by Herkomer|
A few years after he died I was nosing around in the old potting shed and found a box of vegetable seeds. We now lived on my grandfather's farm so I assume these would have been left by Harry. They were however nothing like the colourful packets we see today, just simple brown packets with the name of the vegetable on the front. No planting instructions, no foil packets. Just seeds in brown packets. At that time a local greengrocer sold seeds loose and simply filled a paper bag with the allotted amount and wrote the name of the vegetable on the packet. I also found an old boxed set of 3 gardening books with one whole book given over to growing vegetables. I asked Dad if I could have a patch of ground to try and grow some of the seeds and thus began a lifetime of growing vegetables.
The second person to inspire me was an unknown present-giver. An aunt maybe, I don't recollect. Who-ever it was however, didn't know my sister and me very well as I received a recorder and she a trowel and fork set. We swapped. Today she is the music teacher and among other things, I grow vegetables to feed our family!
To Harry, to the unremembered present-giver who got things wrong and to Geoff Hamilton I say this. I may always have been some-one who would grow vegetables but I know that you 3 gave me that extra bit of inspiration and each played a part in making me the gardener that I am today. To you all I say thank you.
Did anyone or anything inspire you to get into gardening or was it something completely different? Please do let us know. Or maybe you need some garden inspiration from some other bloggers in which case do head over to the Annie's How Does Your Garden Grow linky. There's sure to be some there!