If you are anything like me, when you become passionate about something, you tend to become somewhat obsessive about it. And by “somewhat obsessive” I mean it’s something that takes up the majority of my free time, thoughts, and any expendable income. I never intended to become the latest obsessive gardener. Let’s use the word ‘passionate’ instead of ‘obsessive’ from now on; it makes this hobby of mine sound more socially acceptable and less like something I need an intervention for — which may be quite possible. But after my husband and I moved out of the city and into an area with more available land space I quickly took to re-imagining and changing the existing landscape into something that we could enjoy (and by ‘we’ I mean mostly me; my husband would love nothing more than to have our property consist of just grass and a few trees).
At first my motivation in changing the existing landscape was to move away from a ‘high-maintenance’ yard to a ‘lower-maintenance’ yard. We will both admit that when we first bought our property, we severely underestimated the amount of time it would take to simply maintain the existing landscape. At first, I think we did a pretty good job taking steps to lessen the amount of maintenance. We removed tons of excess plants that were crowding the landscape, moved plants at least 1-2 feet away from the structure of the house (Yes! This is actually important. Plants allowed to grow too close to the house can cause significant and expensive damage to your house.), and removed other landscaping materials and features so that we could start over.
Although our initial intentions seemed logical at the time – reduce the existing landscape, free up more of our time to enjoy our other hobbies – I’m going to admit to all of you now that this was the turning point for me where I suddenly caught the ‘gardening bug.’ Maybe it was something in the process of having the slate cleaned and starting over with the yard, but once I had the blank canvas to choose how I wanted our yard to look, that’s where my little gardening hobby suddenly became a passion.
We never had a yard of our own, and now suddenly I found myself perusing garden pictures and garden nurseries looking for all the cool and new things we could grow. I would find plants I had never heard of – but suddenly loved and had to have – and after I had it I would find it in a new and cool color that I had to have…..you can see where this is going.
I’ve suddenly become that person I never would have thought I would become – the crazy plant lady… duh, duh, duhhhhhh. However on a bright note, it turns out I am not the only crazy plant lady out there. This means I have the opportunity to share this passion, and what I learn along the way, with you! So far I have made plenty of gardening mistakes, and had a few successes, which means you all get to benefit from my learning process.
I’ll take time to show you what plants I’m currently excited about, what mistakes I’ve made and learned from, how to make your garden into a more sustainable environment (not so dependent on synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides), what gardening books I love, gardening projects I’m working on, and creating a garden with multiple uses (edible landscaping, wildlife habitat and protecting species at risk, color interest, etc.). Keep in mind the plants I’m in love with today may not be the plants I’m in love with tomorrow, so who knows what will attract my focus. 🙂
How about you? What are you currently passionate about in your garden??