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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Jun 27, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Compliment or insult?

If someone tells you your garden looks like a nursery, is that an insult or complement?

Choose one and tell me why.
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plantmanager
Jun 27, 2017 11:51 AM CST
I say it's a compliment! To me it means you have a lot of very healthy, gorgeous plants! I can browse nurseries for hours.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 27, 2017 12:36 PM CST
It is accurate. Plants are being propagated and grown to full size in my patio garden. Most of them will end up in the ground elsewhere or passed along to others.
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Xeramtheum
Jun 28, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Thanks for your replies ... I was hoping to get a few more responses. The reason I asked is because a good friend of mine was gravely insulted when a neighbor told her her garden looked like a nursery. This was over a year ago and it still bothers her a great deal - she can't let it go. I asked if she ever considered that maybe your neighbor was giving you a compliment .. which is what I would take it as. I started this thread in hopes that it would let her see that she probably had the wrong impression and what her neighbor said was not an insult but a compliment.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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pepper23
Jun 28, 2017 11:17 AM CST
It would be a compliment for me too. Nurseries are eye candy to me.
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plantmanager
Jun 28, 2017 12:30 PM CST
I agree Looking like a nursery is a good thing!
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Name: aud/odd
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Cinta
Jul 3, 2017 5:20 PM CST
That is a strange thing to say. I wonder If she meant as a compliment. I would not care it was a compliment or and insult because I garden for me and do not really care what the neighbors think.

But.......I think home gardens are ugly and do look like a nursery when they have plant names sticking up in front of every plant. *Blush*
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Baja_Costero
Jul 3, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I'm not a big fan of the name tags either. If I can't remember a name, I might write it on the side of the pot, but the usual plastic tags strike me as an undesirable aesthetic interruption of my ornamental plants. Having to remember the name is actually a good exercise for me mentally. When I pass plants along I usually do a tag with the vital info, but I stick it on the side of the pot out of the way.
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Cinta
Jul 4, 2017 12:36 AM CST
@Baja_Costero I have over a hundred Hostas and a lot of bushes, perennials. I know the names of everyone of them. I agree work your brain like you work your body. Don't use it you will lose it.

I paid money for them and I remember handing over that credit card for them. I do not need a name tag to remember the names. I will forget what I paid but I know it cost money. Rolling on the floor laughing
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purpleinopp
Jul 15, 2017 11:18 AM CST
What came to mind when I read the question is that maybe there are a lot of pots? When I think of what a nursery looks like, it's a horde of potted plants. It could have been intended as insult or compliment. Without much more context or knowing the person who said it, it's impossible to say which was the intention.
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Baja_Costero
Jul 15, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Yes, maybe somebody had a bad experience in a nursery, and that ended up wrapped up with the concept/word itself. Or maybe there's some stigma attached to nurseries being places for baby plants, as opposed to mature garden plants? I find nurseries fascinating places, personally.

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plantmanager
Jul 15, 2017 11:48 AM CST
Same here. I love them and seek them out wherever I travel. I do the same with Botanical Gardens.
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 10, 2017 7:47 AM CST
@Xeramtheum I also find it to be a very odd way to describe someone's gardens! Personally, I would take it as a compliment, because, as mentioned above, nursery plants are healthy and lush! Thumbs up

But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so perhaps it was a compliment, or perhaps not! Glare As mentioned above, it may have been described that way because your friend has a great deal of pots, but I'm going to take that a step further. There are decorative pots that are black, right? So, perhaps your friend has a large collection of decorative black pots? .....and/or their plants, whether potted or in the ground, are lined up like soldiers, just as they are displayed at nurseries? Confused

I hope your friend is able to get past this, and be happy with how THEY view their own gardens, because that's most important to their own inner peace!! Group hug Group hug
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Xeramtheum
Aug 10, 2017 8:27 AM CST
My friend has pretty much 90% of her plants in the ground .. the other 10% are in pots but they are not black pots .. all of the decorative. I'm thinking perhaps that the comment was made because she has lots and lots of different plants and when you first see it, you don't know where to look first. She's trying real hard not to let it bother her but I know it still does.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Aug 10, 2017 9:15 AM CST
The person who said that probably has no appreciation of gardens or plants. She should just take joy in her creation, and seek out others who are that way.
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crawgarden
Aug 10, 2017 9:57 AM CST
Use to teach some classes on design, I always said you design and plant the garden for yourself, not for the people in the cars driving by; a garden is anything you want it to be...if you want a garden of 100 pink plastic flamingos, than so be it.
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purpleinopp
Aug 10, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Tell your friend to get a sign that says "honk if it's pretty" and after a few hours of raucous honking, she should feel better.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Aug 10, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Great idea, Tiffany! Rolling on the floor laughing
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bloominholes2fill
Aug 10, 2017 7:23 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Aug 11, 2017 5:12 AM CST
Lol .. I don't think her HOA would go for that!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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