Japanese Blood Grass
My approach to gardening may seem unconventional. But it works for me.
I start a plant from seed, or I purchase a plant from the plant store. I dig a hole in the ground. I hoyk the plant in there with some of my homemade compost. I give the plant a shot of water for a couple days. If it survives, awesome. If not, fine.
I'm not a coddler. I don't baby the garden beds. I'm ruthless. There is no plant in my garden that I value for its rarity. The plants I have are work-horses man. They are hardy. They are robust. I don't have time for cream puffs. In fact, I have point-blank written-off some so-called easy-to-grow varieties, and I refuse to look back. Some examples?
- Bee balm: Cannot grow it to save my life.
- Silver mound: Doesn't like me. The feeling is mutual.
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): I have undying love for this species, but I have no "thyme" for this most basic variety. Pun intended.
Variegated Lemon Thyme with Self-Seeded Feverfew
All self-seeders are welcome in my garden. If I don't have to do the work myself, all the better. I love how plants just appear in the most wonderous and unlikely places. Not to mention that I do not have a problem yanking out the ones that, frankly, just didn't have a clue.
Lavender with Self-Seeded Feverfew
All volunteers are also welcome. I have several unknown plant varieties in the garden that have quietly blown in on the winds, that have started on their own and grown into beautiful specimens with zero love from me. That is my kind of plant.
Volunteer (Self-Seeded Unknown)
And furthermore, bring on the invasives. Do you ever get the feeling that the world is walking all over you? Take control by fiercely hacking away at an overgrown and oppressive invasive plant. This therapy is unparalleled. Your spirit will be lifted. Your garden will thank you. Sure, the invasive itself will come back undaunted, but you'll get to show it who's boss all over again.
Explorer Rose "John Cabot"
It's a dogwood-eat-dogwood world out there. If you're gonna survive, you gotta be tough.
Have yourself a great day, and I'll see you soon!
This post is linked to Amy's Bloggers' Garden Tour.