Sometimes I don’t know what to write about and sometimes I just have to many things to write about.
What to write about today? I actually have a couple of things on my mind but sort of can’t decide which one to write about🙂 I have for instance seen a couple of tv programs about the Chelsea Flower Show in England and came to think about my own garden philosophy, if I have one at all🙂 I could also write about internet auctions. Auctions is big over here in contrary to garage sales or flea markets, even though they are becoming much more popular now days. I have a friend that tipped me about a couple of well known businesses that have actions on the internet.
I think I’ll save the auction thing for later but I can say I have left a bid at a place and for the moment the thing is mine, but the bidding doesn’t stop until tomorrow around noon I think it was. So back to gardening🙂 The Chelsea Flower Show is probably the worlds most famous show of its kind, we have nothing like it over here but I guess there must be something like it in the USA. It shows flowers of all kinds and also shows designed gardens. The designed gardens looks like they have been standing there for years and I must admire the work they have put in to it. It is perhaps not my cup of tea but a show like this does give a lot of great tips for ones own garden or perhaps balcony.
So how do I think about my own garden? At first I have to say that my garden mostly is there for my dogs and therefore I have to adapt my garden interest to their needs. I can’t have any especially delicate plants, they need to survive lots of dogs walking on them, digging them up or being overly fertilized by both dogs and cats🙂🙂🙂 I do enjoy those gardens where You actually can see every single plant without any problems with lots of space between them, but as You can understand that’s not for me. To be honest, I’ve never wanted a garden like that due to all the work one has to put in to keep it that good looking. I’ve always been way to lazy for that🙂🙂
I do want lots of edible things in my garden as well. Berries, fruits and some vegetables. But I’m not the one to grow things in straight lines in a weed free environment🙂 I have for instance planted potatoes in my flower beds from time to time. The plant itself is actually quite beautiful when flowering, take a look next time You see one. I’ve used common peas and beans instead of Sweet peas in pots and all other kind of things. I like to place gooseberry plants beside more decorative plants and I have a sweet berried honeysuckle beside my perennials. I do however have a small vegetable garden and I’ll plant some squash, spinach and something more there this year.
I do like perennials but I’m afraid my body will make it harder to get down to weed my flower beds in the future so I’m turning towards trees and bushes instead. My garden is around 850 square meters (that is around 9150 square feet) so You might think that there will be very few trees planted but I’m pretty sure I’ll fit in rather many. You see a tree doesn’t have to be higher than half a meter (much the same in yards) and a bush can actually become up tp six meters or higher🙂 I have for instance a cherry tree in my garden that won’t become much higher than half a meter🙂 The cherries is said to be delicious.
The good thing is that with lots of trees and bushes I still will be able to grow perennials, the kind of perennials that grows in woodlands or in a grove. They will flower early in spring and later on all the leafs from the trees and bushes will be so dense that it will become to dark for most weeds to grow there. So I think that the best description of my garden will be something like a continuing of the forest nearby. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll have only native plants here in the future, on the contrary. I do have a challenge to find plants hardy enough to survive here though.
The problem isn’t our cold winters, many plants live in far colder places during winter than here. The problem is our short and reasonable cool summers. A tree can survive horribly cold winters if the summer is long and warm. But when they live in our climate they have to survive a rather long winter and a rather short and cool summer, not a good combination for most plants🙂 But I do have four Osage oranges (still very small) living in my garden. That is a bit strange since they normally live much further south with longer and much warmer summers. We do have one great advantage though, we have daylight for almost 18 hours in summer and still it only get dark for perhaps four hours when the days are as longest here🙂