"Garden Chicks Design Tips" had a wonderful posting on
Blotanical entitled, "Where's the Love People"
It is a right on article about which we as gardeners are keeping
our gardening designing efforts secret or that we may have a
prejudice against garden design.
It got me to thinking about my own gardening efforts and
if I was one of the guilty gardeners.
Being an amateur, country bred gardener my gardening efforts
would have been greatly aided by the help of a professional
garden designer. My garden beds would most likely look much
better,not to mention the time and money that would have been
saved because of my own blundering and errors in judgment.
I love seeing well designed and structured gardens and envy those
who the knowledge of plants and know all of the Latin names,and
who know about different soils, amendments, fertilizers,not to
mention the knowledge of stone work, structures, and water
gardening,gardening history, etc.
So the answer is yes, I am guilty and sometimes a little ashamed
of my gardening designing efforts and designs over the years.
Not so much that I did not record my design plans but of the
designs themselves. (Later)
One of my main problems, if that is what you want to call it, is
that I love too many gardening designs. It is not often that I
run across or see a garden or a flower bed that I do not covet
and wish that there was room for one like it or even some of
the elements of it in my yard.
I am not a content gardener either,just as in my house I get
tired of the furnishings looking one way and I have to just move
it around and change things up, the same goes for my garden beds.
I would be a professional garden designers nightmare customer
because I would want all of their
designs and would never be able to make up my mind.
As a gardener who loves all growing things one of the things
I love most about the whole gardening experience is the freedom
and the joy in the creating process. The creation of my own ideas,
of implementing the ideas and then taking joy in what the final
results of all that hard work accomplished.
I have to also confess that I am an impulse buyer,
especially when passing by a flower that is on sale, and I
never met a new variety of flower that I could not find room for
"just one more".
Oh, come on 'fess up', you all are the same way.
So all of my well intended gardening designs seem to go by
the wayside or are greatly revised. But when I do plan a new
project it is given a lot of thought and it is put down on paper.
Putting it all down on paper helps me to better
see what it will look like in the end. It is also a record of
what plants I have planted for future reference and if I add
that " just one more", then it is jotted down on the design.
Also since I am confessing it all, at my increasing age and (ahem!)
forgetfulness a record of plantings is a must have.
Garden Chick has a picture of one of her garden designs and
it is a wonderful design, covering every detail, nice and neat,
containing everything a gardener would love in a garden.
Garden Chicks Design
Now here is my "dirty little: secret:
Hocking Gardener Design
No Laughing please!
My "dirty little" secret is out in the open and unfortunately
so is my lack in artistic talent.
Gardening Chicks gardening designs will always be needed
and appreciated in the world of gardening. Her future is
assured because believe it or not there are those who do not
like to garden (oh,no) but want beautiful gardens around
their homes or businesses.
Garden Designers are skilled specialists dealing with design
of landscapes and garden areas, offering advice, providing
supervision during construction, and management or
after-care once the garden has been made. They are able
to survey the site, source the materials, and prepare drawings
for the development of a garden from start to finish.
This post is written in the spirit of just plain fun and not to
offend Gardening Chick or any professional or amateur
Her posting was right on target and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
So fellow gardeners stop hiding in the closet. Get your gardening
designs down on paper or computer programs and stop digging
into those tulip and crocus bulbs.
Planning ahead is just good gardening practice.