|May Stars - the Red Hot Pokers
OK it's Chelsea Flower Showtime again with all it's fabulous gardens. When I lived in London 38 years ago my mother and later my husband took me to Chelsea every year in May where I could drool and dream of having a garden like that. I never thought it was possible to have a garden like the ones I saw at Chelsea in real life but to my delight and surprise in Auckland you can and I have.
I love gardens and gardening but how my Auckland garden happened is still something of a mystery. I have never spent much time or money on it. I think it is just 38 years of being in the same place. I have found out what grows over the years and what to avoid. To begin I started noting down what flowered in different months and planted accordingly and in May in Auckland it is Red Hot Pokers. I have lots of Red Hot Pokers.
Overnight it seemed the Red Hot Pokers did their thing thing and like mushrooms exploded into bloom. I have but seven plants and suddenly I had over 100 of the gorgeous, sensuous blooms. The colour is bold and brazen. They shout look at me and I do. They last too so this display will give me a good month of enjoyment. They are the May Stars of my tiny garden.
ardenia, these I used to dream off when I saw them in the window of a West End florist. They were imported from France and cost £12 each in 1957 as they were flown in from the South of France. They only last a day but smell of heaven.
My garden in May is gorgeous. Quite up to Chelsea! Each month for this year I shall feature my garden stars for you to enjoy too. My garden has brought me so much pleasure. It has remained constant and the only thing I have been allowed to persist in doing over a period of time and make mistakes. I am proud of my garden.