We all know that great gardening information is regional, except when it's not. For example, one of my favorite blogs is Sunset Magazine's Fresh Dirt, and I totally GET its Hard Truths of Gardening, despite living nowhere near the climate they write about.
First, Sharon Cohoon's list of Hard Truths includes a point about plants that are landscape staples and it doesn't matter a whit that here in Maryland our tried and true plants are different ones. And to her Truth about buying plants for their flowers being as stupid as like choosing a wife for her bonnet I say absolutely! and Thank you~!
Now notice Sharon's eighth Truth – about paving stones with groundcovers between them: "Spending hours weeding where you walk is dumb." Hmm, I've always wondered about that, what with all the suggestions that replacing lawn with pavers and groundcovers is so low-maintenance. (The notion that lawn substitutes are lower-maintenance is a prime candidate for myth-busting, imho.)
And of course the Truth that hand-modeling is incompatible with gardening? This proud owner of dirty fingernails agrees.
Next, on co-blogger Jim's McCausland's list, my faves are the last two:
- Tree topping is usually evil, always expensive, rarely effective, and dependably ugly.
- Sometimes unlimited money just allows tasteless gardeners to fully express themselves.
Great lists, Jim and Sharon. Great blog, too, even for an ignorant Easterner.Posted by Susan Harris on August 22, 2009 at 5:19 am, in the category Everybody's a Critic.