Hort. (abbr.) horticulture, horticultural
-phile (suffix) loving or having an affinity for
Of course I would choose a non-existent word for the name of my blog. Well, it makes sense to me, and reflects me perfectly. Ever since I was a child I’ve loved plants and gardening. On my windowsill I lined up cuttings scrounged from my grandma and propagated from my Mom’s collection of bomb-proof houseplants.
When my Mom decided that the veggie garden was too much work I decided to take it on. I think I was around 11 years old. Explaining to my friends that I had to go home after school to weed and water they would commiserate with me about chores – but when I told them I chose to do it… well let’s just say I began earning my reputation for eccentricity at a young age!
My affinity led me to a career in horticulture, I have worked in retail garden centres for, um…a long time! As I age it’s becoming more difficult but I can’t imagine missing out on the excitement in spring. When the truckloads of new plant material roll down the driveway I can hardly wait to dig in and see what new treasures have arrived.
A new project has obsessed me since 2008. My husband and I bought a lot and built a new home (that was an adventure) and I have had the pleasure of designing and planting a new garden – from scratch!
My blog will follow my journey, and hopefully will offer inspiration and useful information for people who are trying to develop their own yards, new or otherwise into beautiful, productive gardens.
Rudyard Kipling : Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.