|A "hyper-tufa" trough planted with alpine plants.|
I have never received so many emails than I have about my last post where I confess that I have a case of 'trough snobbery'. My intention was not to piss off anyone, I encourage anyone to practice creative gardening, and although there are rules in gardening, like cooking, rules can be broken - so go for it. But I would like to remind you that my blog is a personal venture which focuses not on common practices, ease or about short-cuts. My blog has to honest, and authentic - and I let's face it - Joe and I are not about common gardening! We're kind-of experienced, both of us are nearly life-long gardeners and plant collectors, and to anyone who has visited us - our gardens and greenhouse hardly represents the average gardener! I am beyond being a geek with many types of plants, from vegetable culture to bulbs and specialty gardens. I try to make this blog to be more interesting, more informative, to share not only experience and knowledge, but also to inspire both new and mature Gardners to try somethings new, to retry something that they may have failed at with before.
With gardening, you can choose to be casual, or serious - it's up to you. There are plenty of very nice blogs out there about which document new gardeners as they learn, try, and sometimes even fail with their gardens. All essential in growing as a gardener, but my blog is not really about that.
Today, we live in a sound-bite culture. A culture of dumbed down, easyfied segments that are simplifying everything down to three sentences, or 5 easy steps - from cupcakes, to windowboxes. And that's OK, but for some of you, it's just not enough information for me, or for my readers - that's just he position I take with this blog. Sure - other blogs might just tell you that poppies are huge this year, or they may show you how to use poppies in your wedding bouquet, but I know that many of you are running out there buying poppy seed, but a little confused on where to turn on how to grow them. I am here to tell you the truth - that sometime they are hard to grow. That sometimes, you might be disappointed with the results; but most importantly, that I will at the very least, try to grow them the right way with you if I have not, or, share with you how I grow them, in case you want to try that method.