She will be writing off this trip for business and also applying for continued education credits with the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board. Win-Win! So Mom......
What do the British gardeners do differently from their U.S. counterparts?
A 450 year old Chestnut Tree
They seem to have more patience. Maybe because they have such history.
Most British gardeners don't seem to mind that a hedge, a covered arbor or an espaliered tree may take a hundred plus years to reach perfection.
They don't seem to mind manual labor as much as Americans. I saw very few power tools and no automatic sprinklers.
They really prepare the soil......REALLY prepare!
With layers and layers of soil amendments, turned into the soil with a shovel or a large spading fork.
They dig and divide their perennials often and think nothing of pulling everything out, fixing up the soil and replanting entire borders.
So much work, but worth the reward.
No more shortcuts back home, if we want these results!
Yet, they are not perfectionists. Most gardens were very informal, with a highly orchestrated unkempt look.
Making notes to seed some pretty things in the cracks of our pavers and stop wasting so much time, trying to keep them perfectly clean and weed free!
Many Thanks to all of our lovely hosts and guides along the way.
The Brits are a warm, funny and generous bunch.
We had a fabulous time.
The food was GREAT!
......with the exception of the mushy peas.