Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Which Gardener Are You?



Fearless gardeners
never let a plant grow to huge proportions before deciding that it may NOT be 'something.' They know whether they planted 'something' and do not expect a rare native to wander into their garden by sheer luck. Photograph gardens of others.

Neat gardeners
have plants lined up; if not in straight lines in swooping curves with never a missing plant that died or an off color blossom that dared show up. Paths are edged and no weeds are visible. Photograph entire beds at height of season.

Cutting edge gardener
has the latest cultivars on order before the rest of us know there is a new cultivar. Species plants have no business in their gardens. Their color schemes are exacting: nothing ever clashes. Labels photographs with botanical and cultivar names.

Specialty plant gardeners
have plants all of a single family. Their plants are in pots or beds with dozens of 'mouse graveyard' markers so that each and every plant is easily identified, never guessed. Photograph single blooms or individual plants..

Garden centers' best friend
visits nurseries frequently and are open to anything that jumps into the cart. Easily distracted by bright blossoms and glaucous leaves. Can make room for another plant or six somewhere. Photographs newest acquisitions and plants that died.

Scientific gardeners
know and use Latin names for everything they grow. Keep up with latest research and sneer at those of us who 'stick-it-in-the-ground-it-will-grow.' Photograph stamens and pistils.

Pedantic Expert blogger
begins sentences with 'you should' and 'here's how to' ending with no specific examples. Makes statements like 'Hybrid tea roses are disease-proof.' Quotes no authorities. Borrows pictures from the web.

Experienced gardeners
do what works. Break rules. Love color. Enjoy life. Photograph everything.





Any resemblance to actual persons is coincidental. 

29 comments:

  1. At first I thought, I don't fit any of those definitions, until I got down to 'experienced gardener'. Who would have guessed that. :-)

    FlowerLady

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  2. Cute post!

    Last year was my first gardening here in over a decade, so I was definitely the "Garden centers' best friend".

    This year, I'm much calmer and behaving more like an the "Experienced gardener". A much happier way to be :)

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  3. I AM... the experienced gardener. Cool. 8>)

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  4. Hi Nell Jean,
    I could see myself in bits and pieces in some of those, but mostly think I fit in with the experienced gardener category.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my garden tour post. I took some paper to right ideas on for my garden, but didn't really see anything that I could use here. It was exciting to see that mayapples and jack in the pulpit will grow here, but I don't have shade for them except for across the street at the neighbor's yard. I decided that if the tomatoes and peppers don't do well this year, I'm going to give up on gardening there next year. There's just too much shade.

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  5. Looks like I'm an experienced gardener too...

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  6. Fun post! I wouldn't call myself "experienced" but that's the category I fell into. Yay!

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  7. A lucky gardener. Does that count? Ha. I love working in the nursery and learning about all the new plants. I have had so much fun creating all the beds and plantings and I LOVE to photograph all the plants, butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. I have a garden at home that now survives with tough love as by the time we get home, that is the last thing we want to do after taking care of all the plants all day. I consider myself lucky to have fallen into the path where I am able to work with my husband at the nursery and grow the business. I would have never thought I would like it as much as I do but I do. I watch all the plants and love taking care of the "babies". (we are growers as well). I learn something new every day and hope that never stops.

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  8. terrific post, I suspect most of us garden bloggers would fall into last category.

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  9. Enjoyed your post! I think I started out the neat gardener and wouldn't allow anything out of place. I would pull up plants that could have been really pretty added to the mix. I think I have turned into a more relaxed gardener and taken the wait and see approach and weeds are definitely a part of my garden. Gradually..I am becoming the more experienced gardener as time goes by and the more I learn from experienced gardeners. :)

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  10. Definite the garden centers best friend! I'll try anything, despite the fact that it might be invasive, wrong colour scheme, wrong climate..... Just love plants and learning about them, can't help myself. Working on becoming an experienced gardener through trial and lots of errors.

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  11. Well, I am part experienced gardener, but also still the garden center's best friend. (They love me!) And a bit of the specialty plant gardener, too, as I do have all my roses labeled. As with most things, I am a mish-mash! Cute post!

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  12. Actually a category explanation does not fit me exactly. Gardener becomes more like landscaper I guess, even though I am not doing the installation. This is a topic always debated too as to what is the difference. You should have had a designer category for those of us that change things up constantly. I like your post, it is a good interactive topic.

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  13. Definitely a "garden centers best friend" plants love jumping in my cart ;) and of all things "experienced" who knew? Cute post!!

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  14. I'm not fearless, or neat, and certainly not cutting edge. I avoid garden centers as much as possible, and specialty plants. Pedantic expert 'you must do this' bloggers irritate me, but I do try to learn the latin names as common names drive me crazy...no sneering though ;) Of all these listed here, I think I fall most into doing what works (and tearing out what doesn't). I photograph everyting, but sometimes my camera gets in the way of my trowel!

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  16. It looks like I'm an experienced gardener too. I don't even know what the rules are, so I guess that means I'm ignoring them. But there's a good bit of garden center's best friend in me too.

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  17. I almost gave up until I got to the last one.....maybe we should call it 'old' gardeners!

    I do like to know the botanical names of my plants.....does that make me a garden snob?

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  18. I suspect the author of the list would place themselves in the eighth category, it is the most complimentary and has no negatives whatsoever.As for myself, most would place me in the second, but in reality a little of them all apply, omitting number eight.

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  19. I let weeds grow until I see the bloom! :-) I plant so many seeds and I document nothing about the location in the garden...and, the birds are always leaving me something planted somewhere interesting.

    My mantra is if it lives without pampering...it's a good plant. If it self-sows without being annoying...it's a great plant. If the deer and rabbits don't eat it...it's a fabulous plant. If the drought doesn't kill it...it's a dang marvel!

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  20. A great post, I can see parts of me here and there. Love the idea of all plants jumping into carts, never got to happen to me though. Too much good advice from co workers to ever buy a bad plant. One of the joys of working in a garden center. There is always someone who has tried the plant before you, no matter how new.


    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  21. I think I embody the worst qualities of all the different categories, with the exception of the last one! Great post!

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  22. I would never have thought of myself as an experienced gardener but having read this post I most definitely am. Who'd have thought it?

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  23. I absolutel love this post - I've been "at it" for over 40 years and don't bother with "the rules."

    Your suggestion to have a fling with Rusty just made my day!! I was laughing whenever I thought of it again! :)

    I send out a gardening e-newsletter to my club members in Hatboro, PA. Could I use your post and give you credit for it (including you blog link)in my fall issue?

    Barb

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  24. How about being a Happy gardener who is easily distracted by anything that might grow in our garden.

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  25. Great post and I was afraid I would have to pick none of the above until I found my true calling...thx for making me an experienced gardener

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  26. Thanks so much! Did you make it up or is there another source?
    The Caesalpinia pulcherrima sounded great until you mentioned thorns.
    Barb

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  27. Wonderful!! You have a great gift of expressing yourself so articulately and with humor!
    Barb

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  28. I chuckled my way through this because I saw a piece of myself in each one of the categories. I guess I'm a multi-gardener personality. Fun post!

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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