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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Multiple Personality Gardener
Perhaps, I haven't a strong enough ego to resist the influences that are around every corner of the gardening world! I am bombarded on a daily basis with astonishing sites and sights. My defenses are weakened by perennial and annual urges to plant more and different.
Fellow bloggers I have to declare myself a Multiple Personality Gardener! Is there a support group out there for me?
Most of the time I am all about finding and planting glade happy flowers. They make sense, they grow here, they were here first and I love them. They are a necessary organizing design principle of the garden...they keep me from falling completely into the disarray of the dreaded but all too real world of Clown Pants.
Clown Pants being a diagnostic criteria for MGP...too much plant material, too many colors and not enough cohesion.
Even having principles, I am still tempted on a daily basis to ignore them and go beyond the Cedar Glade limits of my yard;)
...Just this morning, while visiting Yolanda Elizabet (Bliss) I wanted Clematis, well, actually I wanted more Clematis and to be able to grow Roses! Then a stop at Frances' place (Faire Gardens) found me fixated on the belief that there weren't enough Salvia Greggii in my front bed. At Pam's (Digging) I wanted to move my entire garden to Austin.
Was I becoming delusional?
Fortunately, a visit to MMD (Mr McGregor's Daughter) pulled me back to a semblance of normalcy with her wildflowers and wilderness. My inner child was happy playing in the garden and revisiting happy childhood memories. Inner and I then visited Joy (Gardenjoyforme) and played with bugs for awhile....
Once my adult came back into control, it took a forced rest at Carol's (May Dreams Gardens) and then I went south to say hello to Meems and north to visit Layanee. It's a good thing I can't grow a lot of the plants that Meems grows at (Hoe and Garden) or I might be in BIG trouble! While Layanee's (Ledge and Gardens) garden conditions seem similar to Chez Cedar, they aren't. Even removing the extreme weather differences from the equation, she has granite and acidic soil and I have limestone and nearly neutral soil. It's still a big carrot of temptation to try to grow the Korean Rhododendrons she so beautifully showcases.
Sigh, sigh and sigh.
What's a Multiple Personality Gardener to do? There are so many fabulous blogs (more than I can mention ) that tempt me to push the limits of my garden. The urge to change, to add, to delete, to rearrange, to redesign, to EDIT more than I already do is strong.
I must hold on to some Guiding Principles, mustn't I? Just a few more plants won't matter...I have got to find a support group!