Hai DuongOn a land of nearly 7,000 m2, Ms. Diep takes care of 500 roses and flowers, butterflies and cabbages in full bloom, welcoming people from all over the world to visit and take pictures.
For three years now, every spring, the garden of Ms. Tran Thi Quynh Diep, a teacher of Literature in Nam Sach district (Hai Duong) welcomes guests. Especially during the Lunar New Year this year, when the epidemic situation was under control, hundreds of people came to visit.
This garden was built by Diep’s deceased husband with one hand to give to his wife in 2014. At that time, the bridge engineer decided to quit his job, take his wife and children away from the street to his hometown, taking over the land of nearly 7,000 m2. of the family. On it he planted trees, dug ponds, made miniatures and spent about 1,000 m2 growing roses.
Since he died three years ago, Diep’s mother and daughter have been surrounded by grandparents, friends, and colleagues in the garden. “When taking care of this flower garden, I only think about finishing his unfinished business, to beautify my house, to satisfy my passion,” Ms. Diep said.
With Vietnam’s climate, roses are especially brilliant at the intersection of winter and spring. On average, there will be a flower litter every 35 to 55 days. To prepare for the Tet flowers, from mid-November of the lunar calendar, Ms. Diep planned to prune 500 roses because she had to prune at the same time to want the flowers to bloom at the same time. She always had a full schedule to teach from morning to evening, she had to arrange to be completely free for two days and ask a friend, a younger brother to help.
One of the secrets of quick cutting is to cut the whole branch deeply, especially the single-winged rose garden. This experience she learned from her husband. “Remember the first time he cut it off, I cried for it. He said that when the tree was old or sick, the whole trunk should be cut off, like changing the life of the tree. Soon the tree was healthy, green and free of pests. My husband died, I tried his method and found the tree to be just as good,” she said.
After pruning, Ms. Diep sprayed some preventive medicine. Next, use organic fertilizer, add fish manure to make the root sprout strong, thick buds. From where all the flower care is done by one husband, now Ms. Diep is engrossed in her work, regardless of the toil. “Once, I worked from early morning to 13:30 without knowing it, without feeling hungry. Every night I had to ask my son to pull the thorns out of his finger,” she shared.
With the planting area for flowers and butterflies, from the end of October, Ms. Diep started to work the soil and raise the beds. After sowing the seeds, for the next month and a half, every day after school, she drove seven kilometers to the house to water, then returned to her mother’s house closer to the school so that she could teach in time tomorrow. In the winter, it gets dark quickly, she has to work quickly, even lighting the lights to pruning, watering, and fertilizing.
Thanks to her hand, flowers grow quickly, evenly, and stout. The mustard flowers have bloomed since the beginning of December, the butterfly flower beds also bloomed a week later and are at their most beautiful. The butterfly garden has eight beds with an area of about 150 m2, but along with the house campus, the groves of jackfruit, grapefruit and swings, white chairs… so it looks vast and has many beautiful shooting angles.
“I often go to Diep’s garden because I love the ‘park’ of roses, now there are more butterfly flowers, so I am more interested. I was surprised because I have never seen such beautiful butterfly flowers. fat, undulating, poetic, once you come here, you don’t want to go back,” shared Ms. Do Thi Hong, a colleague of Ms. Diep.
However, a thunderstorm in the middle of the month caused the whole garden to collapse, the trees were soft, many trees were uprooted from the squishy ground. Ms. Diep asked many people’s experiences, even taking her aunt – who she considers to be the most experienced in farming – to the garden to ask for advice. For the next two days, Diep struggled to lift each tree stump like a mother lifts her child up.
After a few days, the garden recovered 80% and now it is strong and brilliant as if there was never a thunderstorm the other day. “I don’t know why I’m doing these things anymore, I just know I won’t give up no matter what, give up. There are terrible events in life that can be overcome, what is this petty thing,” she said. the.
Particularly, the current rose garden has 100 red cinnamon flowers in full bloom. Other types such as white, white, white, white, white, peach, ancient, ancient, Sapa, Hai Phong… are budding. “From the 28th to the 5th of the Lunar New Year, the garden will be brilliant, promising that everyone who visits will feel lost in the fairyland,” said the female teacher excitedly.
Currently, every day people come to visit and take pictures, in winter there are dozens of groups. In addition to friends, colleagues and students, there are also many relatives in the region, in the province, and even in the province outside. Ms. Diep does not do business, so she does not calculate the number of people, as long as “bringing joy to everyone and the house is always crowded and warm, my mother and I are satisfied”.
In response to the owner’s love of flowers and efforts, some people left some money to show their gratitude and encourage her to buy fertilizers and seeds, and continue to bring beautiful flower gardens to everyone.
When listening to the touching gardening story of teacher Quynh Diep, Ms. Tran Ngoc My, a member of the Vietnam Writers’ Association, in Hai Phong visited the garden. Having gone to many beautiful flower gardens, but Diep’s garden left in My sister a different feeling. “The garden is associated with the story of life, bearing the mind of the grower, so the flowers and leaves are very soulful,” the poet shared.
Some pictures of tourists visiting Quynh Diep’s garden during Tet.