Maybe I did not try hard enough to please you. Maybe I did not try hard enough to convince you there was another way. Maybe the slow passage of days and incremental growth of things blinded us both to how set we get in our own ways. Sometimes you need a new set of eyes to look, or eyes caught in routine just need to see new things to be re-awakened.
A shade garden can be bold and visually exiting. It finally, after all those years, dawned on me to do just that. I started to sneak in drifts of bold leaf shapes and patterns in shade loving plants before I left. There wasn't going to be a bed of perennial sun loving flowers, but there could be drama.
You said it with a quilt. A relationship of over fifteen years was pieced together by hand. A quilt for my gardener, the gardener who won't let me have flowers. The fabric is shades of green, textures of leaves, an occasional red for a ginger that manages to bloom in the deep shade. The faded petals of an immense shower tree that carpet the ground in July show up as a touch of orange. The quilt for your long time gardener is all about the shaded, impenetrable, jungle foliage.
A Laua'e Fern pattern is stitched into the colorful green fabric. That is not why it took so long to get here. The quilt Mrs. Baker made for me has been on a journey.
All she really wanted was masses of flowers in her front entry.
And so I wouldn't forget, the other side of the quilt is the masses of flowers her gardener couldn't give her in the shade of a Mango, three Shower Trees, a Poinciana, a Kou and several Norfolk Island Pines. One side of the quilt is the gardener and the other side is Mrs. Baker, sewn together in botanical harmony.
I need more details, but my quilt was entered in several shows. It won a few awards, I think, and then hung in the Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle's office for three months. My quilt was gathering more mana before it came to be with me.
A gardener inspires a quilt and a client inspired a story.
Mahalo nui loa, Jackie. I live in a shaded forest myself now. I will be using a lot of bold leaf shapes and patterns to create drama in my new garden, but my front entry is in full sun. I will be able to have masses of flowers up there.
Updated: The Whole Quilt
Please ignore the ceiling fan cord just barely visible on the right.