No good comes of repining, so let me note one special thing I saw at Nymans on that rather bleak March day, a thing that can be planted by any of us during the coming autumn with an assurance of immediate effect next spring. You know how truly right daffodils look in grass? It may be a very obvious and orthodox way of growing daffodils, but I never care how obvious and orthodox a form of planting is, so long as it is satisfying for the eye and pleasing to the plant.
April 18, 1954
More For Your Garden
I imagine daffodils would look rather interesting planted among the grass. However, it is an idea like this which I read about or plan diligently all winter which slowly dissipates. The haste of the season spins me away from doing what I’ve planned on doing all along. I find myself scrambling to get my garden in order and plant as many things as I can so I feel the summer was not wasted. But by the end of the summer, I look at my hodgepodge of a garden and wonder what went wrong. I have finally discovered the problem.
Last spring, I planned on focusing all my energy on roses. But as the season unraveled, I found myself coming home with other plants and seeds which distracted me from my previous goal; nursing a fabulous rose garden.
I have discovered my problem lies with the short Michigan growing season. As the snow fell outside my window yesterday, I suddenly remembered my original love for roses. I bought six last year (pictured throughout this post) which all got put on the back burner as I hurried to collect other flowering plants that would bring me pleasure. In this haste, I had forgotten my first love. As a result of my increasing neglect, they began to suffer from black spot and other pests I struggled to control.
There is a group; The American Iris Society. Amongst other gardeners I follow, they have an obsession with the Iris. Everyday on Twitter, they share new pictures of a beautiful Iris I would otherwise never have the pleasure of seeing. I had no idea the Iris made such fascinating color combinations and had such diverse growing seasons. I admire these folks. I’m sure they love other flowers too, but they love the Iris most. Perhaps it is where their love for gardening first appeared. They know where their focus lies, and their gardens are top notch because of their mutual patience with the flowers over the years.
As nothing in the garden seems to give me greater pleasure, I would like to do it right this year and really focus on my roses. Yes, I love my honeysuckle and my clematis very much (among others), so much so I could kiss them, but there is something about the high-maintenance rose. It is not easy to love you back like other plants. You must earn its love, work for its love. Yes, they are prone to pest and disease, but when they bloom for you it is all the more fulfilling. So I have determined, and you can take my advice or leave it, when planning a garden one should travel back to the beginnings of their love for gardening. It is here you’ll find your true calling or at least refocus your efforts.
Ask yourself: What was it that drew me to the garden in the first place?
I think in figuring that out, you’ll find your purpose and perhaps rekindle your lost love.