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Tuesday, April 05, 2016


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Lisa at Greenbow

Isn't that the truth. If I only had a balcony I would be gardening. It doesn't matter if I have pass along plants, the newest cultivars or those old sentimental favorites. Gardening is a way of life. A way of living. I wouldn't be living if I wasn't gardening. I would be existing.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener

I LOVED that issue of GI (and for me, too, it's the only one I subscribe to other than Fine Gardening). In fact I ran right out and ordered one of the plants from Digging Dog (I think). I would have loved to see those other issues of plant experts' picks, particularly Beth Chatto's. I should check if those back issues are available on the app.

Linda from Each Little World

Lisa — I just joined a gym and I said I wanted some strength and balance training so I could keep gardening right into my 80s!​

Linda from Each Little World

Erin — Alas I don't have all those issues I pictured. I found them online. Mostly it was to show that this is nothing new. I love Beth Chatto. Always wished I could hear hear speak but she's never come anywhere near the midwest that I know of.

Beth @ PlantPostings

I couldn't have said it better than your last sentence. And as Lisa says, gardening is a way of living. Regarding the "100 Must-Have Plants" lists, certainly they are helpful guides, but over lifetimes of gardening, we all find our own winners. I'm surprised that your garden is zone 4. Mine is zone 5a--by the USDA maps, the minimum temps, and by the plants that survive and thrive here. But I have friends on the west side and Middleton who consider their gardens zone 4b.


"I garden to garden." Amen Sister! The lists are fun to see and may help us learn about new plants but don't we all have mental lists or at least ideas of plants we must have to make a garden?

Linda from Each Little World

​Beth — According to the map, I am a zone 5a as well. But judging by 15-year -old trees and shrubs that have died during the last few winters I am not buying as much z5 as I have in the past, especially when the plant is pricey.​


haha, so are there now 500 must have plants!? I am not in any way going to be able to keep up, so I'll just plod along in my ignorance :)
I do admit I like going through those lists, but my biggest smile came from learning I'm not the only one who holds onto old gardening magazines for way to long (according to the non-gardener living here)

rusty duck

The fact that we keep persisting and pushing the boundaries has to suggest it's about more than just the plants. Although they are important. That last pic is close to the one in my head that keeps me going through thick and in.

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