Back in 1971, when I was 6 years old I made my first flower bed, I mean a flower bed that was all mine. It all started one morning when I went along with my mother to the local nursery to buy some annuals for the balcony. I can still remember exactly how it looked with all these frames with hundreds, or in a 6 year old boys head; billions of colorful plants i all kind of shapes – not to forget the fragrance. I think it must have been quite obvious to others that I was spellbound because after my mother had payed for the plants, the owner, a nice old lady, came over and asked if I like flowers. The next thing I remember is walking along the frames, holding the old ladys hand, knowing I could pick any plant I wanted. As I’m slightly red/green color blind, some blue/purple flowers got my attention. So I made my choice, and at the same time I learned my first latin plant name; Ageratum. After I had promised her I would take good care of the plant, she explained me how I could “make it happy” all summer. As soon as I got home I found a spot in our garden that I in line with the ladys instructions turned into a flower bed that became the home for this new treasure of mine. As the days and weeks passed it were accompagnied with other plants brought in from the little forrest behind our house.
For the following 46 years I’ve kept bringing plants into my garden, or actually two gardens. One started up in 1989 (about 800 square meters) and a second and larger one in 2001 (About 2500 square meters). I know many people think that a garden should be a lifelong project, but to me it’s just a never ending process of mistakes and learning – exploration and innovation. It’s also about challenge myself and develop my own interests and skills. And for me the interest has definitely changed quite a lot (and several times) since I was spellbound by an Ageratum back in 1971.
Now in end of 2017 I’m about to move on in this never ending process of gardening. We have now bought a new property including 10.500 square meters land and luckely there are a house as well. First time we went to see the property I kind of got that same feeling as I had at that nursery back in 1971. I simply went out of the car, around the corner of the house and I was spellbound again. This was just so so right. Luckely my partner also felt somthing good about this place, so December 1st 2017 we got key to our new house and what I believe will be the final (large) garden project.
As I mentioned my interests has changed as the years pass. I’ve been into quite many topics from tropical orchids to collecting high altitude alpines. Well, alpines has been around for quite many years now, and will probably follow me all the way. The core idea with this new project is in many ways doing the oposite of what I’ve been doing the past 46 years – meaning bringing plants that belongs in nature, into my garden. While now I will try my best to keep a part of the property as natural as possible, and bring my propagated plants into a bore natural habitat and cultivate them in such environment. Of course I have to make adjustments, but that should not be so obvious when I walk in this new “garden”. For this project I have about 6500 square meter to play with, and I have decided to give priority to Himalayan plants (I have other places where I can cultivate all the other plants). For this project I will need quite a large amount of small Himalayan trees and shrubs to achieve the Chinese impression, and not the least I need to put up a fence around the whole property to keep deers and other herbivors out. I guess I’ll be busy all 2018 just making plans and preparations.