A Waystation in the Spring

Better Homes & Gardens New Garden Book

Better Homes & Gardens New Garden Book (1960s)

My memory of this book being around the house is strong. Through this cherished guide, Mom learned about marigolds, zinnias and columbines.
Her garden beds were modest. No curving lines full of flowing annuals, no Belgian Block edging. Simple. In the Fall, marigold flowers were allowed to dry on wax paper sheets in the kitchen corner. We’d pick the seeds together “when they were ready.”
As she aged, there were no more garden beds. Plant began to appear inside the house. Each Spring, begonias and geraniums in plastic pots on the deck. Lifted up on the rail of the deck, Mom could reach the plants without the bending of her younger days.
When I had to coax her outside for that glass of wine, and I learned Mom had not sat on this big red deck for more than a decade, I was profoundly sad. Outside space is precious. I cherished it. How very long her springs and summers must have been since Dad passed. Their white plastic chairs gathering dust.

About Holly Hock

An absolute beginner reads about winter sowing, buys seeds and jugs, tries it. It begins at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia. A summer visit and a garden tour. Black hollyhocks, how cool. From Thomas Jefferson's estate, how cool. Buy some cheap. Now what?

20. October 2013 by Holly Hock
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