If you look at my yard you might not know a gardener lives here because it’s a mess. Impulse buys that died or overgrew their spaces. Awkward placements, blank spots (I blame some of those on the dog) – you name the mistake, I’ve made it in my garden. I gave up on new year’s resolutions long ago, but this year I’m going to make some just for my garden:
1. I resolve not to buy any plant I don’t have a place for. Except for interesting succulents like Dudleya edulis above and Dudleya brittonii below. I resolve to always buy interesting succulents.
2. I won’t buy any plant not on my list. Unless said plant performs the same or a similar function as the listed plant. Like the Galvezia speciosa I planted instead of more Helichrysum.
3. I will be realistic: climate, soil, dog, gophers, deer, and how much time I have to garden.
4. I will not plant a woody salvia in the dog’s ‘path’ no matter how beautiful the flowers are.
5. This year, I will thin the apples so we get edible fruit that won’t end up rotting all over the ground.
6. I won’t fall in love with every new look I see in my garden magazines and end up with a garden that’s all over the place and nothing really works. I will keep using Pinterest to give me a true picture of what I like over time and plant accordingly.
7. When I need containers, equipment, or furniture, I will buy used whenever I can. There’s enough stuff in the world as it is.