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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday Vignette - You Have Too Many Plants

I sometimes think of having a garden designer come by and give me some ideas about how to fix my jungle. I can just hear the first words to be uttered:  "You have too many plants." followed by something about trees not being happy growing in pots indefinitely.  There would be the inevitable "Have you considered removing some of the yard art, perhaps showcasing a few pieces at a time?"  The consultation idea quickly passes.  I guess we don't ask questions if we don't want to hear the  answers.   Oh well, for now, I'm happy living in Grey Gardens West and don't really mind plants reaching out to grab me as I wander the paths.  It can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially before the rains return and everything has to be watered on a fairly regular basis.

Just as you step out of my greenhouse, this rusty wood stove, a freebie from the side of a road, is now nearly swallowed up by foliage and topped with overflow from the pot ghetto to the left. 

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26 comments:

  1. Please listen to me: Be content with your fabulous garden. It is gorgeous and so very enviable. You don't need advice from a designer. Do what makes you happy.

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    1. Oh, I'm content with my garden but do need to get rid of a few things in the pot ghetto so that walking through doesn't cause potted plants to fall on people.

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  2. Alison is right: Do what makes you happy. If we don't do that in our gardens, what is the point of all that hard work (and money spent)!

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    1. It does make me happy but most years at this time, when everything is so full, it feels like a bit much. However, winter does it's magic and reduces the biomass and all is well again.

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  3. I cannot imagine you living with an orderly "designed" garden, nope! There are plenty of people for that, you've got something better.

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    1. A friend and I often look at beautifully designed gardens and homes and say to each other, "I wonder how long it would take us to mess this up?"

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  4. Listen to Alison. If someone says you have too many plants, they can wash their mouths out with soap aloe!

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    1. Fortunately, I have a soap aloe or two to do just that! Thanks for the giggle!

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  5. I will quote to you from one of my favorite children's books, "The big Orange Splot". I refers to houses, but it fits your garden too: "My house (garden) is me and I am it, and it looks like all my dreams".

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    1. Wonderful quote! When it's back to school time and order returns, the garden sometimes feels like an out of control child. It's actually a nice contrast to the more structured part of my life.

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  6. Your garden sounds (And looks based on your pictures here) lovely and this stove is charming. Maybe you should give other consultations on how to break out of the mold of a typical landscape.

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  7. If there's any problem, it's that you need more garden. Maybe one or more of your neighbors would be open to letting you design and maintain their spaces. (You should still charge them a fee for the privilege of your assistance - after all you're going to need the funds to buy more plants.)

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    1. You're absolutely right, more garden is the answer!

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  8. Your garden should be as unique as you are!

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  9. Good vignette! Your garden is wonderful! We all have unique gardening styles, visions, and results. If we're lucky, at some points in our lives all three align. :)

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    1. I enjoy the quirky quality of my garden but a little cutting back so that the paths can be traversed freely would be good.

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  10. No-one can have too many plants! It's your garden, your space, enjoy it!

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  11. you are sooo lucky to have huge area for gardening dear:)))

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    1. I am, indeed, a lucky person to have the space that I do.

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  12. There must be something bothering you about your garden. It will come to you and you will fix it. It is always interesting to hear what other people say about your garden but it is your garden and you should do what you want to do in it. That makes it yours alone and it won't look like so many others.

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    1. Most years at this time, when things are so full, I feel a bit hemmed in by the abundance of foliage. However in a few months, when winter cuts so much back, I'll be missing it.

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  13. Dear Peter ~ Your gardens/greenhouse are a wonderful abundance of God's beautiful creations. You and your spaces are unique. We enjoy you and them. Continue to be yourself, finding more beauty and creativity in each new day. You are an inspiration.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Very sweet words. Thank you FL, you are too kind!

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