The apple falls not far from the tree | Gardening advice

E.Every year, Kalas nasturtiums invade their neighbors’ gardens. We sow more every year. It’s not as if we didn’t know that they will sow themselves for eternity. It’s an addiction I’m afraid I passed on to my daughter. Sometimes in a little gardening, enough may never be enough.

I’ve written before that it was this greedy, pretty, colorful flower that sparked my connection to growth. It’s different with Kala, of course. For them, it’s about the almost frightening efficiency of the nasturtium. The suffocating ground cover facing invasion. The way the vines loop over their resistance, like throwing climbing ropes. An all-conquering, flourishing army. Bring beauty.

Kala’s gardening is like mine. An excessive lack of discipline. A need for wild expression

When I look out of my kitchen window, I see that they have already spread on both sides and back. Extensive gardening without walls. And of course there are stylistic similarities with Kala’s gardening and mine. An excessive lack of discipline. A need for wild expression.

However, your space is entirely your own. Cosmos, asters and zinnias are always in primary colors. Cornflowers, Cerinthe, Rudbeckia and other types of daisies. Fragrant jasmine, ruffled climbing roses in deep pink. Grass to lie on, of course.

We share a passion for sunflowers. I count almost the centimeters as hers grows, the last beam protruding over her garden walls. How they meet the morning sun.

Kala lives and grows four gardens below. I watch her pour. Watch them sit with their morning coffee. When Henri and I isolated, she left flowers on our step.

We weeding and pruning and sowing together, dividing sacks of peat-free compost. We visit garden centers. She sends me photos of flowers or problems that I can’t quite see from here.

Sometimes I pay attention to it in the morning when she wakes up. We wave. The family meets for a birthday dinner in their garden. Our festive life is centered here. Surrounded by shared memories.

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