Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Accidental Gardener
So I have a confession, I'm coming clean, laying out there..I am not a gardener. I dearly want to be, I have garden envy in a huge way. I love sitting in a well groomed, flower filled garden, watching the bugs and birds and drawing or snapping photos. The garden grooming part though..well..not so much. I spent a large part of my youthful summers weeding our acre garden on our farm in Tennessee. It is funny really, because I don't remember disliking it then. Of course, I had little else occupying my mind and time. I just really do not enjoy the whole sit on the ground pulling out weeds thing. In my head it seems lovely, the reality for me is not nearly as pleasant.
I love my perennials and get great joy out of watching them pop up every spring and bloom and be happy. I love dead heading and clipping. My garden beds do get weeded, but I tend to leave many things most people rip out in the beds. Like, violets, Gill o' the Ground, creeping mint and various wild flowers like clover. So...my beds are not groomed and tend to look a little messy depending on what is blooming. Honestly I can't decide whether this is just my lack of enthusiasm for gardening or plain just too busy to care a whole lot.
It would seem that alot of my successes are actually mistakes like these squash, or are they gourds or maybe pumpkins..not sure which. Whatever was thrown in the compost pile after Halloween last Fall - so suprise veggies - whoo hoo.
Look at this bed..mint, mystery squash & marigolds..funny I only planted the marigolds!
Or...this lettuce which is thriving after being tiny and ill last year in a container - which I dumped in this bed before I planted all the lovely iris - surprise!! Don't they look happy?
Or this lovely Black eyed Susan..how she ended up here I am clueless!! Whoot works for me!!
So I guess I am more of an accidental gardener. I am pretty happy with whatever comes up where ever it wants to be. I do pull the nasty weeds and feed my beds. But..I would never win the Garden Club award in our area...but it makes me happy so, I guess that is ok too. I guess I will just be happy walking around looking at the all the amazingly tended gardens here in town and on the blogs - some of you are really amazing gardeners!! As for my flower beds the more perennials the better and if pretty weeds pop up they are welcome too. Here is to the accidental gardening.