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Where Is That Amazing Garden?

By JKing
May 2, 2015

Gardeners are enthusiastic about our plants and our gardens. However, we see our own garden much differently from the way our friends view it. How often do we say "you should have seen my garden last week?"

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May 2, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Lovely article! I know exactly what you mean, after 8 years gardening here, only now does it actually appear somewhat like I've envisioned all along.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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May 2, 2015 7:23 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Great article. It emphasizes how obsessed and driven to make beauty we are.
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May 2, 2015 10:06 AM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Excellent article and if ever a nail was struck squarely on the head, this is it.
You summed it up perfectly and concisely. BRAVO !

Another "litmus test" that proves everything you stated is to have your garden on a garden tour.
Observing people's reactions to your garden is very revealing to be sure. Some visitors will key in on the exact things you want noticed and appreciated. Some will (unfortunately) be oblivious to them. That's just human nature.

A friend of mine tells a very funny story about a comment a visitor made when he saw her garden one year on tour day.
She had spent an entire year perfecting every single detail of the garden. It was in peak bloom and flawless, much to her (and everyone else's) delight. People were lined up down the block to get through her gate to see it, cameras were clicking like crazy, and the overwhelming majority of people were "oohhing and aawwing" all over the place.

At one point in the day she said you couldn't have squeezed one more body into her garden. One man with a big booming voice was off in one corner and yelled out, "This is absolutely amazing. HOW do you get your GRASS so GREEN ???"

LOL The one thing she completely ignored and this guy zeroed in on it !
There ya go.
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May 2, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Mike, that is so funny! Perception is a funny thing, and we all perceive the world around us somewhat differently I suppose.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Jun 27, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Name: Judith
Northern Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Thank you for that story, Mike. It made my day. - Judith
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