Got It All Together:
•Has a plan on paper
•Sticks to the plan
•Buys new, improved hybrids from reputable dealers
•Beds have neat edges
•Pulls out plants that fail to perform as expected
•Knows the botanical name of all plants, plus genus and family
•Looks elegant sitting under garden pergola sipping iced tea.
Trying to Keep It Together:
•Has a plan
•Easily distracted at garden centers, deviates from plan
•Plants seeds from someone's beautiful new hybrid which doesn't come true
•Has neat edges most of the time
•Some plants just die without warning
•Buys by color; if it fits the palette the name is not important, nor are the plant's needs
•Hopes visiting children will not trample flower beds during cookout.
Having Fun in the Garden:
•Plan in the gardener's head; loses notes
•Plants where there's a space
•Grows mostly old, tried and true from seeds and divisions
•Bed edges expand to accomodate new plants, leaves newcomer weeds to make sure they aren't 'something.'
•Encourages plants that struggle but yanks out diseased
•Knows the common name, sometimes can remember the latin name
•Permanently stained right thumbnail, hopes white gloves for social occasions make a comeback.
Grandmother in the Garden:
•Have a plan, on paper; can't find it.
•Plan is flawed -- forgot actual bloom dates are not comparable to PNW and Zone 5 gardens where I lifted ideas.
•Forget to plant on time; hanging on to 3-year old seeds, just in case. Seeds do get mixed up, hence the pink poppies in the orange bed.
•Bed edges flex: more than 30 sq. ft. of grass to dig, well, you know.
•Frequent searches for articles showing latest color combos, hoping my more bizarre palettes will turn up as suddenly fashionable.
•Can usually identify every plant as familiar, forgot the name. I'll think of it tomorrow.
•Climbs on something tall or lies on stomach to get a better view with fewer weeds when making photos.
•Know in my heart that the finest gardens have 'off' seasons and that the humblest gardens sometimes harbor most beautiful blossoms.
SCGardener added a fifth Gardener:
Horticulturist with a garden:
•Remember what they say about cobbler's children and their shoes?
•Has a plan, can't read for all the erasures and revisions.
•Acquires plants in many licit and semi-licit means. Good nurseries, mail-order, flea markets, seed swaps, over the fence, plant sales, rustling. (I knew a guy who smuggled Mahonias from the UK in his dirty laundry socks.)
•The more unusual the better. Although common can be good too. Oh, heck, it's a plant. I'll find a home for it.
•Has a small (or not so small) nursery of plants in pots waiting to find homes.
•Knows the names, is mistakenly sure that they can remember all the cultivar names.
•Weeds? Pokeweed is kinda pretty don't you think? Did you know you can eat lambsquarters and purslane?
•Knows all the garden rules. Believes firmly that they can break them with sheer determination. Sometimes it works.
•Every single pair of jeans they own has permanent knee stains.