Garden Mash-up: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve taken great delight in doing what I have recently dubbed “Garden Mash-ups”. I love mixing nail polish and your favorite perennials. Or farm work and that new Snoop Dogg beat.

Here’s the latest: Garden and Movie Mash-ups.

Tonight we feature, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I was thinking… what would this movie’s garden look like?

Here’s what I came up with.


Charley and his broke-ass family enjoy yet another evening of Cabbage Soup. I’d like to think it’s from this little guy, my favorite cabbage of all Savoy Cabbage ‘S. Michele or any cultivar from the savoy brood. They really do make yummy soups, and are easy to grow once germinated. Germination seems to take a bit longer than other types of Cruciferae, but we are gardeners and are very patient, right? And by patient I mean you can go find six packs of them at your local nursery, giving you at least 8 weeks of lead time on your growing season. But don’t tell, pretend you grew them from seed.

I love the scene where he’s (creepy!) softly singing to himself in the candy garden, while sipping from his freshly plucked Daffodil tea cup and saucer. Then, at the end of the (creepy!) song, after his decrescendo, he bites off a piece of the Daffodil tea cup, with a loud and gratifying crunch! For your own Daffodil… pick a double petaled one. Those are my favorite, and so fragrant.

The Chocolate Cosmo you all know and love… and hopefully Cerinthe, too.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it….”

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