Quotes and collected thoughts on Gardening and Gardeners.
A few seeds for thought
some garden radio & television
the web, where ever! Evelyn
CONSIDER THE LEAF.
on "Low Maintenance" gardens.
How many times have
new gardeners asked for advise on creating a "low maintenance" garden!
Here's a small bit from Judy Glatstein's book CONSIDER THE LEAF that you may
enjoy. Enjoy! Evelyn
". . . all too often, though, there is a gap between our hopes and our results. Seduced by pretty flowers, we plant time-consuming gardens that display only passing moments of beauty as plants briefly bloom, then fade. The roses covering the dream cottage have black spot on their leaves and Japanese beetles eating their flowers.
I remember a client who asked me with some consternation, "You mean now that the garden is planted I have to take care of it?" Yes, indeed. We plant, then we tend to watering, weeding, fertilizing, mulching, staking, disease and pest protection - on and on.
Were I the lady of the manor, with ample funds, more
leisure, and a head gardener with support staff, this wouldn't be a problem. In my imagination is a gilded age of opportunity, wherein I drift through the garden on a golden afternoon. I am wearing a flowered dress, wide-brimmed straw hat, and gloves, carrying a basket with a pair of secateurs, and smiling benignly at the gardeners doing the real work. But just like
most other gardeners I know, my real costume is a pair of filthy blue jeans and an old tee-shirt. Out in the garden, as light fades, I pitch the tools - an 8-pound mattock for hacking at my New Jersey clay and a Weed Wrench to yank out multiflora roses (Rosa multiflora) - back into the tool shed and empty assorted 5-gallon Sheetrock buckets filled with lesser rocks and weeds. My time is limited. I cannot afford high-maintenance plants needing special attention in exchange for a two-week
bloom period. In fact, even easily grown plants that "pay back" with a two-week period of bloom and nothing more just do not do it for me. I need plants that pay their way. In return for room and board (make that planting room and garden maintenance) I want easy-care plants with extended interest. After all, even in cold-winter regions the growing season lasts for several months. Flowers are great, but I consider them an embellishment for plants with fantastic foliage, the accessories that set off that basic black dress."
from Judy Glatstein's,
CONSIDER THE LEAF
A few shorter tid-bits.
"Weeds...are endlessly interesting, like an enemy who occupies our thoughts and schemes so much more than any friend, and who (though we would never admit it) we should miss if he suddenly moved away." Ursula Buchan,
as excerpted in WOMEN GARDENERS
ed. Debroah Kellaway
"Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers,
"Spring has hit with a visual thunderclap followed by trumpet flourishes."
Diane Ackerman in
gardener has reached the top of their craft the day they come to
realize that they are not in control at all! At best we're only
a humble servant to the
insistence of natural forces much more learned than we are.