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Gardening can be a lot of work. . . or it can be an adventure. It can be a chore. . . or it can be a challenge.
Perhaps the difference between those who find gardening a drudgery and those who find it an adventure is the degree of tolerance each has for taking risks. For instance, are you inclined to stick to the tried-and-true plants that don’t take either research ahead of time or a lot of care once they’re up and blooming? Or are you fascinated by plants that might be borderline hardy but would make a great statement if they should survive your less-than-perfect environment?
This may well be one of those times in the history of gardening when we would be well advised to venture outside our comfort zone by trying something new. Even those who are devoted to “native” plants recognize that, with changing climatic conditions pretty much everywhere, what was once an easily-grown native plant last year may well be doomed to extinction in our area within a short time.
An HCP member has recommended that we have a look at “The Explorer’s Garden – Rare and Unusual Perennials” by Daniel J. Hinkley. In the introduction to the book, Hinkley cautions us about assigning “zones” to plants. (“All zone 8 gardens are not created equal.”) The introduction to this book is, in fact, a good read for all would-be gardeners as it gives us some sound advice re hardiness, when to prune (or not!), microclimates, drainage, and so on.
Some of the information in the “explorer’s garden” re origins of plants can be downright spellbinding! For instance, check out Omphalodea cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes.’ Apparently, efforts to produce it by tissue culture resulted in what the author chooses to call “Blurry Eyes.” But we might like to find an O. c. ‘Anthea Bloom.’
Or maybe an Angelica would make a statement to impress even our anti-gardening neighbours . . . !
Those of us who planted “challenging” items in the past – out of either rebelliousness or ignorance – can sit back now and enjoy some of our triumphs (the failures being already recycled!). So do a bit of dreaming this summer and, come fall, a bit of digging. The result could be some lovely and unique additions to your garden for us all to enjoy in years to come!
Concern for our environment seems to be gaining momentum. As individuals, we all are concerned to a degree…but tend to think we are not in a position to do much except things like recycling, perhaps cutting down on gas consumption, or maybe going in for some solar heating and other upgrades if we happen to be able to afford them.
However, we, as gardeners and/or plant lovers generally, may be in a position to do a little bit better than that. Most of us know from experience that trees are important for purifying the air in addition to sheltering us from prevailing winds and the hot summer sun. We have even come to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of soil chemistry. Birds, insects and animals are more familiar to us than they are to people who don’t spend as much time outdoors as we do.
In other words, we are in a unique position to speak out on matters to do with our environment and climate change. . . and to even, in our small way, do something about it. (In fact, of course, we have been doing something about it all along!)
So . . .during the winter months, when you may have a bit of time to do some reading, we would like to encourage you to read, listen and learn all you can on the subject of plants, “climate change,” etc. Perhaps because of this targeted learning effort, we will all be better able in the new year to discuss the subject with friends and neighbours . . and possibly even encourage community leaders in ways in which they might help to make our communities more “green.”
If you can spare the time from all that reading and research we are recommending, you might like to tell us something about any new information you discover or to recommend books that you found especially interesting. (We certainly have lots of material in our HCP library to start with, so there’s no great need to make a financial investment in books straight off! )
Send an “e note” with your info and/or ideas to us. We could then pass along to HCP members in future Bookends (with your permission, of course) some of what you will have gleaned!