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I garden so that I can live in there.
Inevitably, it has become an endless journey in exploring the fascinating world of ornamental plant culture, or a never ending experiment in collaboration with mother nature. After many years of gardening, I continuously find myself struggling to know and understand plants, to accommodate mother nature, and to learn from other gardeners.
Although we tend to ‘collect’ plants, we are more indulging ourselves in acquiring plants with ornamental characteristics (attractive to us) than simply acquiring plants because they are rare or new.
This is a simple country garden. I do not seek ’emotional’ wowing displays in my compositions, and have no desire or spare energy to imitate trendy gardening ‘movements’. Therefore, my ‘compositions’ are nothing more than just doodles, and are inevitably unassuming and personal.
As a typical Zone 5 garden, I am fortunate enough to be able to grow oriental maples, some ornamental conifers, and even some flowering trees, but not nearly as fortunate as a Zone 6-8 garden, on the range of ornamental plants that can be reliably grown. In fact, because of the borderline nature of Zone 5 for a wide spectrum of highly ornamental plants, and the incredible temptation to grow them, I suspect gardening in Zone 5 is probably more challenging (or frustrating) than other Zones.
My (occasional) rant about our garden (my obsession)….
My wife’s rant about her obsession…..