I got to thinking about how we design our gardens.
We want clearly defined pathways with lush borders.
We'll install a nice water feature.
With several vantage points.
With a diverse riparian planting scheme.
We'll plan for focal points, both large...
We'll be aware of our microclimate and take advantage of our sense of place and growing conditions...
And use plants that thrive in these conditions.
Never discounting the luster of GREEN...
The beauty of foliage...
And the quiet allure of serendipity.
We'll celebrate the garden's own symbiosis...
And the small part we play in its many seasons of success.
If we're feeling particularly adventurous, we'll take on a particular theme. Such as growing large-leaved plants.
Or plants with juxtaposing architectures.
We'll relegate a certain area to one specific type of plant and call it a "fernery," for example.
Make good use of succulents.
Grow spiky, dangerous plants.
And perhaps if we've read up on the subject, we'll create a living wall.
I want to thank you all for being so generous with your accolades on my publishing success. It is so much appreciated. To each of you, a big hug!