Like most of my fellow plant lover's, I have made my gardening New Year's resolutions for 2011:
I vow to include my children more in the gardening process
I will stay on top of the pruning, especially those perennials that require it for size control
I will grow even more of my own food and do it in a sensible way
I will dig like a champ, put my body through complete torture and revel in the pain
I will continue to incorporate more and more native plants
I will admit defeat to the deer
I will do my best to stop and "smell the roses" more often
There was to be an additional resolution, but after I typed it out, and after some reflection, I realized I felt exactly the opposite way about it:
I will do my best to only buy a plant after it's requirements have been fully researched and if I actually have space for it.
C'mon now, who am I kidding? Sounds great and all but that ain't happening, EVER. And I honestly believe there are a number of reasons why it makes sense to be completely spontaneous and reckless:
- When I bring home a plant and have nowhere to plant it, it forces me to get creative and come up with a unique solution. Combinations I never dreamed of are born and more often than not, I am thrilled with the results.
- I can remember purchasing a Carex and after getting her home, learning that she wasn't reliably hardy to zone 6. It forced me to find an appropriate micro-climate out in the yard and she has thrived to this day. I like to think of it as forced innovation.
- More forced innovation - if I can't find room in the ground, I often resort to adding the perennial or shrub to a container as a temporary home. This gets the creative juices flowing and more often than not, I'll add more plants to that container and a new combo has been created.