The project progress / plant growing analogies are proving impossible to resist when titling these reports from our Mixed Borders project. There will only be more terrible gardening double talk to come, I do apologise in advance …
Since we were all matched with our gardens, the members of Mixed Borders have been paying their first visits, talking to their garden owners and planning how they are going to respond to their green spaces between now and the Open Gardens Squares Weekend on 13-14 June.
There are sixteen of us altogether … here’s a handful of the first reports.
Mary Dickins is at St Mary’s Secret Garden – a horticultural therapy garden. She has already written her first poem, an extract of which follows …
My neighbour says that my Ash tree has die-back
He says that my tomato plants carry early blight
He sent a letter to the council about my sinister garden gnomes
He thinks that I climbed his fence and murdered his wisteria
He says that I once planted onions on his lawn
My neighbour thinks I am in league with aphids and killing all the bees
John Grant’s garden is the one belonging to Osterly House, the last remaining country estate in London – magnificent wisteria pictured above. John’s got the first draft of a long poem recording his first visit – here’s a taste … ‘The driveway splits green fields, / arrows past small horses, who have / nothing to do but watch me walk by. / They know the sign says not to feed them.
More poetic produce to follow over the coming weeks.