My gardening style is a reflection of who I am. It's natural. It’s imperfect. You will find as much of an appreciation for greens and mosses as for more showy colours and plants. You won't find checkerboard patterns and right angles but rather plants spilling into one another, but don't be fooled into thinking there is no design.
I patiently take a test-and-optimize approach since I am bound to create as many failures as successes.
I will forever be a student in the garden.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
WILT - Positioning, positioning, positioning
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. ~Mortimer Adler
I have had to learn over and over to pay attention to exactly how a transplant is sitting in its new home before I bury it, step back and appraise Often I am so caught up in the transplanting process, especially when adding things to the forest floor where digging a hole is hard work, that I just want to get it done and move on to the next.
But making sure you have positioned the plant properly can make a huge difference.
In a previous post I shared my goal with this space, to make a triangular fern garden leading the eye up to the big rock in back. When filling in the gap above I first placed the ferns facing away from the path.
Oops, it did not really serve its purpose of filling in the gap when facing away.
I then quickly jumped back in and turned it around. What a difference!
Heck, I like my neighbours but I did not plant this fern for their benefit, it really needed to be facing me. Of course it seems obvious but the real trick is thinking of that when you are in the trenches, so to speak.