michaelmas daisies / ‚wood and garden‘ von gertrude jekyll (incl. ‚veilchenkönigin‘, foerster)

The early days of October bring with them the best bloom of the Michaelmas* Daisies, the many beautiful garden kinds of the perennial Asters. They have, as they well derserve to have, a garden to themselves. Passing along the wide path in front of the big flower border, and through the pergola that forms its continuation, with eye and brain full of rich, warm colouring of flower and leaf, it is a delightful surprise to pass through the pergola’s last right-hand opening, and to come suddenly upon the Michaelmas Daisy garden in full beauty. Its clean, fresh, pure colouring, of pale and dark lilac, strong purple, and pure white, among masses of pale-green foliage, forms a contrast almost startling after the warm colouring of nearly everything else; and the sight of a region where the flowers are fresh and newly opened, and in glad spring-like profusion, when all else is on the verge of death and decay, gives an impression of satisfying refreshment that is hardly to be equalled throughout the year. Their special garden is a wide border on each side of a path, its lenght bounded on one side by a tall hedge of filberts [corylus maxima / lambertshasel], and on the other side by clumps of yew [taxus / eibe], holly [ilex / stechpalme], and other shrubs. It is so well sheltered that the strongest wind has its destructive power broken, and only reaches it as a refreshing tree-filtered breeze. […] Tall-growing kinds like Novi Belgi [symphyotrichum novi-belgii syn. aster novi-belgii / glattblatt-aster or new york aster], Robert Parker, are kept rather toward the back, while those of delicate and graceful habit, as Cordifolius [symphyotrichum cordifolium syn. aster cordifolius] elegans and its good variety Diana are allowed to come forward. The fine dwarf Aster amellus [berg-aster or european michaelmas daisy, manchmal als vergils aster – cf. ‚georgica‘, IV, 271 ff. – bezeichnet] is used in rather large quantity, coming quite to the front in some places, and running in and out between the clumps of other kinds.

gertrude jekyll, ‘wood and garden – notes and thoughts, practical and critical, of a working amateur’, london, 1899. Weiterlesen

„unthinking people rush to the conclusion that they can put any garden plants into any wild places.“ / ‚wood and garden‘ by gertrude jekyll

Wild gardening is a delightful, and in good hands a most desirable, pursuit, but no kind of gardening is so difficult to do well, or is so full of pitfalls and of paths of peril. Because it has in some measure become fashionable, and because it is understood to mean the planting of exotics in wild places, unthinking people rush to the conclusion that they can put any garden plants into any wild places, and that that is wild gardening. I have seen woody places that were already perfect with theit own simple charm just muddled and spoilt by a reckless planting of garden refuse, and healthy hillsides already sufficiently and beautifully clothed with native vegetation made to look lamentably silly by the planting of a nurseryman’s mixed lot of exotic Conifers.

gertrude jekyll, ‚wood and garden – notes and thoughts, practical and critical, of a working amateur‘, london, 1899

„the orchard, a place that is not so often included“ / ‚colour in the flower garden‘ von gertrude jekyll

[…] the orchard, a place that is not so often included in the pleasure-ground as it deserves. For what is more lovely than the bloom of orchard-trees in April and May, with the grass below in its strong, young growth; in itself a garden of Cowslips and Daffodils. In an old orchard how pictorial are the lines of the low leaning old Apple-trunks and the swing and poise of their upper branches, best seen in winter when their graceful movement of line and wonderful sense of balance can be fully appreciated. But the younger orchard has its beauty too, of fresh, young life and wealth of bloom and bounteous bearing.

Then if the place of the orchard suggests a return to nearer pleasure-ground with yet some space between, how good to make this into a free garden orchard for the fruits of wilder character; for wide-spreading Medlars, for Quinces, again some of the most graceful of small British trees; for Service, Damsom, Bullace, Crabs and their many allies, not fruit-bearing trees except from the birds‘ and botanists‘ point of view, but beautiful both in bloom and berry, such as the Mountain Ash, Wild Cherry, Blackthorn, and the large-berried White-thorns, Bird-cherry, White Beam, Holly and Amelanchier. Then all these might be intergrouped with great brakes of free-growing Roses and the wilder kinds of Clematis and Honeysuckle. And right through it should be a shady path of Filberts or Cobnuts arching overhead and yielding a bountiful autum harvest.

gertrude jekyll, ‚colour in the flower garden‘, london, 1908.