So, in case, you are scratching your head and asking yourself "why the heck is your website called The Knotty Garden?" It sort of feels like inside joke for gardeners.
I was so tickled when the name "The Knotty Garden" bubbled up from the depths of my brain. In so many ways it feels like the perfect name. Firstly, I love puns, humor, and language games. And I don't always behave, but then again "well-behaved women seldom make history" (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 1976).
The word play with Knotty is also a nod to the formal and very structured 'knot' style gardens. These square-shaped gardens usually contain symmetrical, organized compartments (i.e. geometrical knots) filled with culinary herbs and vegetation. These gardens have their roots in the medieval times, though they gained popularity in England and Europe in the Tudor times.
This play on words seems to capture my garden and me so perfectly. My garden is evolving, unstructured, and sometimes wild. It is certainly not a 'knot garden' by any stretch. It is, however, what I affectionately call my "knotty garden." Sometimes it simply does what it wants - just like its head gardener!