My current work in progress includes a heroine with a wonderfully green thumb (so not like me at all!).
She creates a backyard haven for the birds she loves to study and sketch.
While I was writing about the splendid oasis she created (and wishing she would come work her magic in my neglected flower beds), I researched the types of flowers and plants that might have been found in her yard.
For any one you interested in creating your own Victorian flower garden, here are a few suggestions:
Seating: Garden benches and seats, gazebos and decorative pavilions were popular and made as decorative as possible. Cast iron was again the favored material of choice. Seats were also placed under trees along garden walks, below arbors, and in nooks. Rattan and wicker furniture were often use on porches and in sun rooms.
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Wish I had a green thumb too! One thing those Victorians had in abundance was good fertilizer from their horses. I remember one year when my children were young, planting sunflowers by the house and a neighbor with horses brought over some manure. Those sunflowers had to have grown to twelve feet or more. They were almost up to the second story window! Watching them grow 5 inches a day for awhile was awesome!ReplyDelete
Like you I love flower gardens especially those in full bloom. Also like you I do not have a green thumb, that Jean was passed from my mother to my brother. The thing I loved about Helen Hunt Jackson was her love of nature plants and flowers, her favorite being the kinnikinnik. DorisReplyDelete