Christopher Lloyd and I apparently share the same philosophy: “We’re so restricted in so many areas of our lives ? have fun with gardening.” Well, that comes pretty close to Kathy’s First Rule of Gardening, which is, “If it’s not fun, don’t do it. Don’t turn your hobby into a chore.” This article by Valerie Easton is a glimpse into Lloyd’s personality and his gardens at Great Dixter. I enjoy his wit but am glad he’s never had the chance to use it on me.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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