WELCOME to the 2014 #AtoZ Blog Challenge
Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
Photographs of this substantial woman often show her gardening in long black skirts and blouses. I can’t imagine toiling away in the heat and dirt like that. I get tickled when I think of the old joke about the man sitting on the top of the pole. Shouting up to him, someone asks, “How do you pee?” I’d like to ask this famous gardener a little more delicately, “How did you manage in those clothes?” In fact, Gertrude Jekyll more than managed, sought after as a garden designer in part because of her strong opinions on the color schemes she used in her designs, making a large contribution to the evolution of English gardening.
In her early years, Jekyll studied painting and had a fine reputation as an artist and craftswoman. Later, she took her artistic eye and cast it across the gardens she was associated with. She contributed horticultural articles to magazines and was the author of at least a dozen books. I have six of them among my treasured garden books.
I had no trouble deciding what I would write about when it comes to the letter J. Paying tribute to this famous English woman gardener is part of my ‘English Gardening thing!’ Wouldn’t we all love to be remembered after we are gone for having influenced the lasting beauty of the world through our ideas and creativity.