Garden Fantasies

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Maybe it was Chan’s recent Taste Test. Or maybe it’s the fact that I should be writing the grocery list. (I always get my best ideas when I’m supposed to be doing something else, don’t you?) Anyway, I just came up with a list of garden-related dreams/fantasies that have been banging around my head for ages. Some are totally unrealistic, some possible, and some eminently doable–provided I have the time, money, and/or ambition. One is totally out of my hands. Ah, but I can dream, can’t I?

One or more rose-covered arbors
Hardy kiwis on a pergola
Running a cut-your-own flower business
Having a garden nice enough to attract garden tours
Eliminating all invasive plants from my property
Having one or more children catch my vision for the garden, and work with me as a partner (And no, this is not a thinly disguised wish for slave labor!)
Becoming a Master Gardener
Becoming a PAID garden writer
Having a patio that ‘s actually used as a patio, and not a bike garage
A seed-starting/potting shed type area
An unheated greenhouse
Still gardening when I’m 95

And I’m sure there’s more that just haven’t broken the surface of my conscious thought. This is one post that’s sure to be updated.

How about you? Do we have any garden dreams in common? I’d like to hear what you want to accomplish some day.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

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.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Kathy July 17, 2004, 10:49 pm

“. . . there’s the danger you’ll start growing more than you can quite tend!” Uh . . . I’m already in danger that way. Besides the money obstacle, there’s the siting problem. No level land here, so would have to make a level spot, and not much in the way of dry land convenient to the house. By dry land I mean a place that doesn’t sprout springs in the spring!

Judith July 17, 2004, 9:38 pm

Mmm–been peeking over my shoulder? The arbors, of course; plus a grape one to shade the house. I started the kiwis with plants from a friend last year–though I am thinking more of the ‘huge posts set in concrete’ version after seeing the trellis hers pulled down. . . Eliminating all invasives–not that kind of control freak, I guess. Or too many acres to tend. Getting them to ‘manageable’ sounds good.
I caught the gardening bug from my family; I like to say I came from a long line of gardeners, hamadryads & chickadees. I’ll bet growing up following you around will do it; I still garden with my Mom and she is 76. My Gram had my uncle planting peach trees for her when she was 92. . .
And my, my, the greenhouse thing is cheap, you can find kits all over. Just like having your own bank. Course, there’s the danger you’ll start growing more than you can quite tend!

Kathy July 12, 2004, 6:04 pm

My great-grandfather worked in his vegetable garden into his early 90s. It was a tiny garden, and I’m not sure if he was still working on it at 95, but I do have memories of watching him hoe. So that one isn’t completely unrealistic. Though I have to say, it doesn’t look like I’ve inherited his body type.

Chan S. July 12, 2004, 3:29 pm

Since my garden is still young, the garden dream that I’m stuck on is just to get to see it become full and lush. …but I also like the “gardening when I’m 95” dream very much.

bill July 12, 2004, 12:51 pm

For now my fantasy is just to get rid of all the weeds that grew up during last month’s rains.