If my garden could talk, she’d probably say, “Don’t hate me because I’m English cottage garden style.” Unlike the woman at the center of the recent outrage in the press, my lovely English cottage style garden, isn’t being coy. She is always lovely, but the weather has conspired to give us great temperatures and just the right amount of rain.
When I started thinking about this post, I was actually remembering an old Pantene commercial from the 1980s not recent headlines.
I was out planting a few new perennials, and I thought back to a conversation I had the other day with a garden designer/friend. He’s elderly and can’t visit my garden. He’d asked me about it before, and since the club had some copies of Oklahoma Gardener magazine from last year that featured my garden, I showed them to him before the meeting.
He gave them a passing glance and said with a sniff, “Oh, it’s English cottage style, isn’t it?” Then, he turned away.
I guess he doesn’t like that style? That’s what made me think of the Pantene commercial. Gardening styles come and go, but you should pick one which is true to what you love. If that style changes, as mine has over the last twenty-five years, go ahead and change. Mine is more mixed anymore than one simple style. In the spring, it looks more English with an Oklahoma accent. Mid-summer, it’s all bright, brassy and red.
One more thing . . . yes, it’s English cottage style, but does anyone have any idea how hard that is to achieve in Oklahoma? Take my word for it. It’s not easy. So, if you work hard at anything, and you show it to someone, and they don’t seem to appreciate it, show it to someone else. Don’t hide your style under a bushel. Or, your light for that matter.