The Romanian rustic garden never had a pure aesthetical
function. The peasant having a house full of children who had to be
fed, having hectares of land that had to be cultivated, having tens
of animals that had to be taken care of, couldn't be able to have a
garden to take a walk, to meditate, to listen music or for another occupation.
The care for tomorrow or for the family future was
reflected in the manner of his garden organization. Just beside his
farm, the farmer had all the necessary for food preparation.
Through the maize that never missed from his farm,
he cultivated pumpkins as large as a cartful wheel or gourds for the
children games. Also he looked after the orchard, full of almost ripe
fruits and the vegetable garden where the peppers were ripening in the
mild light of the autumn sun.
Among all that vegetables or, rarely, in a special
place, there were the multicoloured flowers, frequently used to decorate
the hair tresses of the girls ready for celebration.
From where have these girls taken the models for the
flowery shimmies or for the coloured towels? Of course, from the flowers
strewed around the house, flowers that cried at the wedding for the
brides who have affectively taken care of them. For the most times,
the young peasant woman were that who have taken care of the flowers,
who have wetted them with fresh water from the draw well and have loosened
them with the same tools that they loosened the cabbage.
The flowers that perfumed in autumn the householder
courtyards were undoubtedly the large simple chrysanthemums. Their diverse
coloured corollas resisted to the autumn coldness until the peasants
brought home the crops from the fields. At that time, all from the house
celebrated the crop gathering and treated themselves with the fruits
of their work, plentifully arranged on the white towel having floral
If it happened to be visited by some neighbor, they
invited him to eat bread and salt according to the ancient tradition
and also, to drink wine from the new crock fixed in the pole of the
We have considered that, beside the other gardens,
you will find this place cheerfully and hospitably by the colour and
the particular perfume of the chrysanthemums and ripe quinces from the
childhood house or from the guest room of the grandparents.