Tuesday 5 February 2013

Carving into the stock beds

Weds 17th Jan
Weather: Deep frost again, which makes it even colder when the frost from the day before has not thawed yet. In the air it is threatening to snow.

We worked on the stock beds in the High Garden today, dug up big clumps of Helianthus angustifolia that has not been moved for about three years and has stretched its roots out a bit too keenly. These we sorted through and took out the ones with the best growing points and replanted them three at a time. Any bulbs that can came out - alliums, crocosmia etc we sorted and re-distributed them throughout the beds. We carved big sections and shapes out of this large space. It is amazing how graphic this process is and even to the lesser trained eye, you can envision how it will work and what it will look like.

My colleague Rachael pointed out that garden was akin to cooking, you understand the ingredients and then you're able to start putting it together and sensualise everything as a whole with all its different layers. Cooking is second nature to me, so this gives me hope that I will be able to attain the same fluidity with gardening, as I remember a time when cooking was first learnt. Many little things come together as a whole. Louise and Fergus went round planting Parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) in all the between spaces. We were like a network of busy bees and then at the end of the day we worked the traces of us out of there bit by bit.

Replanting Helianthus angustifolia

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