Aspirations, Actuality, Accidents and the odd Achievement
Don’t get me wrong – I love gardening but it doesn’t always quite go to plan. So here are some of my mistakes.
Firstly, grasses are lovely and trendy but they are supposed to enhance the other plants, not screen them as you see here:
Secondly, all the garden designer guru peoples say if you have a little garden then don’t be afraid to grow big plants – so we decided not to be afraid – but then of course in a large garden with big borders these big plants all support each other – if you don’t want a garden that looks like its come straight from the Bamboo Cane Showroom then big plants tend to fall – our mullein hasn’t gone yet, but it’s heading there.
A third point often made is that we should contrast shapes and textures – not just focus on flowers – well sometimes we can just get a bit too carried away so instead of a garden calming you it induces a migraine:
Fourthly, be organic they say – so spend a small fortune on copper tape to protect your dahlias. Hmm.
Fifth – have a hot border. I envisaged this as a blaze of red colours – Crocosmia Lucifer, Nasturtium Empress of India, Californian Poppies – but somehow it just looks like a few red and orange plants stuck together instead of the fiery haze I hoped for.
Maybe if I get down low, it’ll look better?
And when I put it altogether I think, maybe I am just being a pretentious idiot trying to create a cottage garden feel in a council estate garden. Who am I kidding?
By now you could be forgiven for thinking I had a bad day in the garden. Well, actually no – I know my garden isn’t perfect, it has all kinds of flaws but I love it and I love pottering it. And what’s more, sometimes things work out really well. Sometimes by accident … these plum tomatoes came from a plant that just started growing from our compost and we dcided to keep.
And sometimes things happen according to plan – below you can see tomatoes coming that we intended and the cayenne peppers we received as seeds from Jacque earlier this year.
So, happy gardening everyone. It’s a wondrous thing.
- 26 Jul, 2008
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