The cutting garden is located adjacent to the potager. It was in fact where my husband attempted to grow melons for several seasons. I usurped the space when the ‘bones’ of the shade garden (Circle of Friends, Camellia Walk ) and the Viburnum Court, were planted.
A cutting garden devoted to supplying flowers for the house was one of my
prerequisites dreams, when we were looking for a house with acreage. This space was in full sun, already cleared, tilled, in a word…perfect.
Divided into three distinct areas, the first, primarily for daffodils (Narcissus).
It is here I indulge myself in all the named varieties that ‘do’ in the south…even a few that don’t but are guaranteed to bloom the first year.
Here also, are a few daffodils I have rescued from old abandoned homesteads, whose origins remain unknown.
I never cut flowers from The Meadow. It is planted exclusively with heirloom bulbs I have rescued & divided over the last 13 years. (More on why in another post.) Meanwhile, enjoy the early show in the cutting garden.
It is so rewarding to share this abundance, I have taken to sending bunches home with friends who visit. Daffodils spread joy & the promise of spring.
© All photos & Text 2011