[gardeners] Obsessions

Liz Albrook (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 30 Oct 1997 14:49:27 +0000

Lets take a shot at a thread that everyone who gardens probably 
holds near and dear to his or her heart:  obsessions.  Some folks are 
obsessed with tomatoes and basil, some with chiles, some with unusual 
herbs or spiky pink flowers or even garden "art" -- the schlockier 
the better.  What's yours and how did you get it?

I'll kick off with my obsession:  fragrant plants.  I adore plants 
with strong odors (except for the vile smelling ones).  This is a new 
fixation with me and I'm having fun with it.  So far it has lead me 
to trying different kinds of heliotrope (the whites are the strongest 
scented), various dianthus, oriental lilies, unusual sweet peas, 
night scented stocks, nicotianas and roses to name a few.  The 
obsession with scent has lead me to old garden roses with one strong 
flush of bloom and flower forms that are very different from modern 
hybrid teas and floribundas.  I'm putting togethor a border of 
various pinks interplanted with dwarf baby's breath with several 
different lavenders (and lavender cotton) for height and texture.

This has begun to spill into the vegetable gardening.  I now find 
myself sniffing the tomato leaves and bruising the arugula for it's 
fragrance.  My new goal is to put togethor a bed over the next two 
years that will feature only highly scented plants.  

Ah, addictions!  They lend a form to a life.