Can I keep up or am I going to always be a mediocre/bad gardener? Continue reading my rant and enjoy the beauties from my garden.
|Wild red clover. Escaped to my yard from a farmer's field. |
|St. John's Wort...a native but this one is a cultivar. |
This year I am just a bit ahead of the weeds, but I know that Mother Nature will beat me eventually. She always does. She is such a marvelous chess player and at least four moves ahead all the time. I am just ahead of the diseases by removing infected parts of plants and not spraying.
This summer I focus on native plants. I am trying to get rid of many of my non-natives. NOT ALL OF THEM! I have the favorites that I love in spite of the fact they do not contribute to pollination or to insect habitat. But I am trying to make more room for the natives, the locals, those that arrived before we started keeping track of which plant belongs here and which does not, which plant is not invited to the garden party and which plant has a long life-cycle of supporting all that is living but absolutely no joyous beauty and spreads like crazy. I have to be careful because there are environmental Nazis out there in the plant world that go crazy if you even think about a non-native for your yard. Maybe when they start paying the taxes I will listen more closely to their myopic chant.
|Echinacea or coneflower, a native. Super popular for those insect and bird lovers. These are varieties of the wild version.|
I used to not speak up, but now I no longer care that my yard is designed by me without adherence to some tightly structured environmental map. I do not use pesticides, use very limited and careful spraying of a fungicide on my roses on non-windy days in the early and mid-season, and do enjoy the varietals of native echinacea and St. John's Wort...even though these do not meet strict compliance of the true native.
|Native geranium. So delicate compared to commercial geraniums.|
|Buttefly weed and one the super popular plants this decade.|
How about you? Are you a purist when it comes to gardening?