Gardening likes and dislikes
I was reading this one garden blog where the author commented that one of their favorite aspects of gardening was maintenance. This got me to thinking about the subject.
Naturally we all love gardening and take the fun with the not-so-fun. Even if you don't mind the whole process, there HAS to be one aspect of it that you would rather not have to do? A part you enjoy the most?
The research: you pour over books and scour the internet for information. You wish to know every dirty detail about it. It's not about simply HAVING the plant, but knowing where it came from, how it was developed, etc.
The hunt: it's just thrilling. Looking every local and online nursery over to see if they carry it. Checking the seed suppliers in a last ditch attempt to find your special item. Then you even search foreign sources to see if they might have it. The rush is over when you find it and move onto the next!
The shopping: come on now, it's SHOPPING. Who doesn't like shopping for plants? Even if you don't like other types of shopping you're still gotta' enjoy looking for flowery, leafy, living things! Paying is a different story, especially with some of those new or rare items that are $$.
The designing and placing: it brings out your creative side. You meticulously chart out a design and find the best plants to fit your scheme. You have seemingly endless color combo ideas. You pay attention to texture and leaf form. It's art but with living mediums.
The observation: from it's pushing up in the spring to it's going into dormancy in fall you watch it. You make notes on its progress, its likes and dislikes, what it responds well to. You find out what makes it tick. You enjoy sharing this information with others and learning what they know about it and their experiences.
The maintaining: you truly do like the nurturing aspect of gardening. Taking care of your plants, keeping them healthy and looking their best. Keeping the whole garden looking its best. The hard work and end result gives you a good deal of satisfaction.
The enjoying: walking around the garden with your morning coffee in hand. Strolling the garden with a friend. Watching the wildlife enjoy your sanctuary. You've learned to stop and smell the roses...
I love the research. I even enjoy knowing about plants I will never likely grow. Reading seemingly useless points of information about it, like how it was used in olden days, folklore, along with how to grow them and stuff like that. Its one of my chief winter pastimes...
I do sometimes get swept up in the thrill of the hunt, but oftentimes I will forget about wanting a certain plant until it pops up at me at a nursery or sale and says "boo", lol.
Shopping is a delight when I get an opportunity to do so. A bit bittersweet delight though- when it comes to having to choose between some of them ;-(
I've come to appreciate good design more and more over the years. I do like planning a few color combos and placing things for best effect. Collection still comes before composition for me (and always will), but at least it is something I pay more attention to.
Observing is something I heartily enjoy. I love making notes on plants (uhhh...also cuz' I can't be trusted to remember otherwise, LOL). It's fun to learn other peoples findings on the same plant.
Maintaining...not so much. There are times when I'm in a blue funk or a bit upset where having a plot to weed and get my frustrations out is welcome. Other than that no!
Enjoying is something I don't do enough of. Sometimes the last thing I want to do coming home from work is go outside again and see all the things I didn't do and weeds taking over! Sad but true I'm afraid. That is something I'm going to work on next year.