Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Opposite Problem

Susan, over at Garden Rant, says she's "been known to give up on plants before they've had a chance to really show me their stuff."

I just can't do it! Even if I've decided I hate a certain plant, I'll still give it the benefit of the doubt - for years. I might move them around, but they always get a chance at making me go, "Ooohhh!"

Honestly, I don't think I've ripped out anything, nothing, nada until I've given it, at the very least, 3 years worth of growth to show me what its got.

Sometimes it takes that long for them to get that far. You know: sleep - creep - leap.

Seriously, I never thought about it before, but a lot of people will point at things in my yard and say, "Mine never looked like that." Well, yeah, because you ripped it out before it even had a chance to look that good!

Patience, oh gardening one, patience!

But, this then also results in problems. Lots of them. Why live with a plant you detest for 3 years? Wouldn't you rather stick in something that you adore? Something that makes you go 'oooooh' right now? Why take up prime garden bed real estate with crap when you can have a knee-jerker in that spot?

Well ... because.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!


Sue Swift said...

Me too. I can't throw anything away however feebly it's performing - or the opposite. So I now have a balcony full of mesembrantheum which refuses point blank to flower, plus pots of enormous spider plants and wild asparagus which are just taking over. But well ... it would be murder wouldn't it?

Tina said...

Hi Sue, thanks for dropping in!

See, I totally, completely agree with you...and the law says murder is, ummm, wrong. Right? lol.