Sunday, March 28, 2010
Hyacinths: Soldiers of Spring
Is it possible to plant these “soldiers of spring” in another way, other than a straight row?
Somewhere it is probably possible, but not where the gardener, trained from years of growing veggies in straight rows, practices SLOP-py planting techniques. (SLOP = Straight Line Obsessive Planting)
Currently, these hyacinths look like the lights of a landing strip, guiding birds safely to the garden gate to the backyard. Tower to the spring robins: “You have clearance for landing once the gate is open”.
I imagine that the garden fairies tell each other, “If you go out the gate and get lost, follow the line up of hyacinths to find your back.”
You can also follow the line of hyacinths to all the reasons why I am looking forward to seeing the design that the Garden Designer is working on for me. I am sure there are no straight rows of plants included in her design.
That’s good, because in spite of the many straight rows of plants in my garden, I don’t want straight rows of plants!