For the time being it seems that the less cultivating I do, the less I will have to tend, while I continue to clear and sort through the effects in the Skudder House; supervise the children's return to school; prepare my own house for the Earthquake Commission builders who will come to refurbish soon; and sometimes am simply unable to function when grief and a broken heart make themselves felt.
Here it is in a garden setting
- rather than on shingly reaches -
making artful arrangements
with side stems that
have appeared after
the first huge spire
flowered in November.
Other plantings that have
grown with little attention
since I planted them, are a
Thalictrum, Diascia 'Coral Splash'
and the miniature Gladiolus
'Holland Pearl.' I had anticipated a deeper red - my taste inclines more to burgundy reds than scarlets - but here it is flaming
luminously under the walnut tree. This
position receives full afternoon sun all year round. I planted ten corms in a drift and have watched breathlessly during the high winds as the emerging flower stems weathered this summer's nor' west gales.