Getting in the Dirt

I like gardening. It’s not something I am vastly knowledgeable about, but I know what I like and I enjoy how it all comes together. I’ve been playing with flowers for about 20 years, 11 of which have been at the house we’re in now.

Perennials are my first choice because I live in a bit of a rain forest! But, I also love putting together hanging baskets and containers with bright flowering annuals. Each May, I head to my local garden centre to load up on trays and trays of annuals. A few new perennials make their way onto the cart as well!

Those baskets and containers can take a lot of annuals to fill them up, and I do think you get more bang for your buck with the perennials, but I can’t deny the beauty of the annuals with their bold colours and flowers all summer long.

When I’m checking out plants at the garden centre, I ask a lot of questions. I want to know what will work in different parts of the yard. Plus, I’ve found some of my favourite plants this way – something that looked boring in June suddenly bursts forth in amazing blooms in August and becomes the focal point of the yard. I’ve also learned about how much growth to expect. Understanding this allows me to incorporate plants in a range of heights and colours.

A lot of people have told me that digging in the dirt is the best part of gardening. I love it too, but what I truly get excited about is watching the plants fill out, grow and bloom. Just wandering around with my watering can is quite therapeutic and stress-relieving.

That being said, I won’t deny that I have help. I can’t stay on top of the garden we’ve been creating for more than a decade. During the spring and summer months, I have a gardener come by every few weeks to weed and prune. If I didn’t have this help, I think looking at the yard would cause me stress knowing there is so much to do. Now, I get to sit back, enjoy and take on as little or as much as I want.

This year, my big gardening goals are:
–          Move things around that aren’t working
–          Learn some plant names so I can identify them rather than pointing and saying “that purple bush over there!”

If you love flowers like I do, but don’t know where to start, start in the small areas, you’ll be amazed how much joy just a small patch of colour can bring.

Blog by Marci Deane

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