Saturday, July 26, 2014

immature gardening

The last of the Scheherezade lilies is fading today. The short flowering season of many plants is why I have to have a big variety of plants in my garden. I suppose that a garden that is consistent all year long with no fireworks could be calm and meditative. It would be more reliable. It could be a garden built on structure rather than flowers. But maybe it would also look industrial, commercial.

I was talking with a friend the other day about how I had read that when a gardener is first starting out, their garden tends to be focused on flowers. As they mature, the gardener begins to look at other aspects, such as form and structure of the garden, and also of each of the plants. Foliage becomes more important than flowers, until the garden is primarily focused on foliage and structure. We both agreed. We are immature gardeners.  Although the garden needs to have form and structure, and plants should be placed where they complement each other, a garden must have flowers to maintain the childish enthusiasm. Which is the most important thing.

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