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Design Your Gothic Garden

Posted in Gothic gardens with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2007 by ena

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When you design your Gothic garden, remember
to include a few pumpkin seeds in your vegetable
patch.
Pumpkins were used as lanterns at Halloween
as the best containers for holding candles.
In Ireland and in northern parts of England, 
turnips were hollowed out to light the way of
late night travellers, so you may also want to
consider the lowly Rutabaga as a vegetable
 in your Gothic garden.

There were other plants associated with ill luck
or death, take for instance, cacti ( in Hungary)
lilacs, and any flower that is usually associated
with funerals, these being mostly chrysanthemums
and of course,lillies.
It is deemed unlucky ( I don’t know why!) to pick up flowers
that have fallen to the ground, and any flowers that bloom
out of season are considered to be “touched by the devil”
so you may want to keep a track of those, in your Gothic
garden!!

Black Dragon Coleus, is a must, for Gothic Gardens.

Since Alexander Dumas published ‘The Black Tulip’ in 1850  the
lure of black plants doesblack-tulip.jpg not seem to have waned, although, as I
 have mentioned before, they are really not black
 but a very dark maroon.
 .

 You can let your imagination run riot
 with a Gothic garden theme as there
are no rules.

You could have a skull as an ornament,
or maybe many dark blooms planted together,
you can go wild and just enjoy your Gothic garden,
as gardening should not be a grave thing!

Meet you on the dark side!

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garden with themes.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2007 by ena

Black Cat  Themed gardening is one of the most often
  requested  by people that I
  design gardens for.

 Gardens with a theme take on the
 personality of the owners of the
property, and they have such fun
deciding what theme they want
that fits their life style.
When you think of the fall, you think
of pumpkins, lanterns, ghosts
and goblins , and your garden?

I have had some homeowners, who have
really taken this season to heart,
and have designed their gardens with
orange and very dark plants.

Some very keen sports fans, want their gardens
to flourish in the colors of their team
( not always easy to do! ).

I have just started using the gothic theme
in my garden, it is very different and 
challenging, but what else is gardening all about?

No more pastels, pinks and yellows etc,
now I am using black and the closest
that I can get to that color,
in today’s plants.

I also use dark red flowers and foliage plants
and vegetables that speak to the darker
side of simple gardening.

Who said Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were only in fiction?