Gardening For The Senses … Never a sad story.
Several years ago, very good friends generously offered us the use of their greenhouse. We, at Cocoa Pesto could be labelled as ‘plant junkies’ … Needless to say, we were extremely pleased to take on the challenge of a working micro climate!
Over the years, there have been many successes and our fair share of failures, too when it come to planting. During the winter months, we pore over seed catalogues, make wish lists and await our sacred seed delivery. More recently, we have become rather adept at harvesting our own seeds, with the harmonious aid of many keen hands and some tireless little bees. It is with great enthusiasm that this array of propagation comes to life within the plastic coated environment provided.
With Spring, comes promise.
We have experimented with some native and not native fruit, dozens of varieties of herbs, bouquets of countless flowers as well as a bounty of vegetables. While it would be impossible at this stage to fully supply our restaurant and catering needs, a great deal of what we grow is used by Cocoa Pesto as ingredients for various delectable meals, decorative edibles on plentiful trays of hors d’oeuvres and of course, curiously fragrant, textured, winding paths on our property, The Woodshire Inn.
But, alas … The winter of 2014 – 2015!
While there is a generous selection of established perennials and many persistent self seeders, our gardens will take a hit this year. The abundant offering of snow wreaked havoc on our beloved greenhouse and it sorrowfully crumpled into the onion sets, fourth year asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, Sweet William and scatterings of last years crops. Therefore, it is with some dismay, that many a seed packet remains sealed.
Obviously, it will take more than this crushing blow to keep passionate gardeners dormant. This year sun porches, attics, spare rooms and basements will be filled with tiny seedlings. The blue poppies, datura, eucalyptus and black hollyhocks, to name a few, will be sprouting up in transient locations with new results, successes and failures … Let the regrowth the begin!