Thursday, June 12, 2014
First Bloom - Thoughts on Gardening
Admittedly, I've spent more time these past twelve months thinking about flowers then I have about vegetables (mainly because I've had so little experience growing them). There's just so much to learn and I still feel as though I've only cracked the surface of it all. In many ways, this experience has opened my eyes to a how vast and challenging a passion like gardening can be. There's always something new to learn and many more plants to discover. But at the same time, it's really about the process and finding those aspects of gardening that really appeal to you. Otherwise, it can become quite overwhelming. For instance, based on my childhood memories, my father was a great lover of showy vibrant bedding plants. I, on the other hand, find myself more attracted to traditional cottage garden plants, particularly those that still resemble their wild cousins in many ways and can grow with a minimum of care. While I want my garden to be colorful, I also want it to be serene - a place that invokes a particular mood based on the season. Ultimately that is what I'll be working towards in the coming years.
But today represents another milestone in a way. Earlier this year, I must have started at least a couple thousand flowering plants from seed, most of which are perennials. As many of you are aware, many perennials don't flower the first year, so starting them from seed can require a great deal of patience. However, some do. And my newly-planted cottage garden saw its first perennial bloom today - in this case, a rather demure yet graceful white dianthus. A lot of planning and hard work has gone into our garden thus far and we're getting started. However, I'm really looking forward to all of the future flowers that will surely follow this one.