Visiting gardens for creative inspiration has been one of my greatest pleasures over the last few years, as witnessed by this website! And so I’m really pleased to see this fantastic initiative launched by the You Grow Girl community.
And here are two from me…
My favourite thing of all is to shut the doors of our greenhouse and breathe in the peppery smell of geraniums. I tell my sister I want to marry a geranium, but later when she tells my brothers and they laugh at me, I say she’s got it wrong. I want to carry a geranium. ‘Where?’ they ask, and I answer, truthfully, everywhere.
I can ride my bike round and round the garden without stopping now. Sometimes I will put my hand out and pick a leaf in passing. Often I’ll put it up to my nose without thinking. One day when I do this, I have to apply brakes because of something exciting. I sniff and sniff, and then some more. A ball of happiness bursts in my stomach until I have to go back to find which plant this leaf comes from. I want to dive into it headfirst, but I pick several leaves instead and put them safely in my basket. Every few yards I’ll stop to put my nose inside the basket. When I ask my mother later, she’ll say this is called mint and that it’s a pest. I learn what it’s like to love something in secret.