Despite having very little spare change for new garden aesthetics at the moment, I’m feeling relentless and restless about my garden.
I do want the impact.
I do want new plants.
Too much, I asked my bloke. Is this too much to ask?
No, he said. One should always ask. And then he turned the page of the newspaper he was reading and sipped at his coffee.
This was an annoying answer, infuriating even, and so I took my questions elsewhere. Sometimes friends have much better answers than partners.
Here are the answers I received from my girlfriends.
Have some of my enormous wonderfully flowering orange lillies, said one girlfriend. I went to her backyard and pulled up some of her lilies that have gone quite feral. I just grabbed them, close to the roots as I could and yanked. Out they came, easy as pie, and I’ve replanted. I’ll need to keep my eye on them in the next 6 months because they should (well, I’m hoping) multiple and soon someone is going to be able to come over to my place and reap the benefit of the initial grab.
My sweet neighbour snipped a bit off her geranium plant that has wonderful pink flowers. I placed the stems into bottles of water and within weeks, there will be roots and I’ll plant those cuttings quite close to my fence in the hope that it will creep up and remind me of her and the afternoons we have spent discussing our choices. I did the same with my nasturiums and a week later they are ready to plant.
While drinking wine at another friend’s place, I trimmed at the end her succulent plants and popped the stems into new tomato can pots. (It really is that simple). They look sweet on my window still.
Another of my friends has started going out with a handy type of bloke that works with metal and engines. He dropped off to my place 2 x 420 gallon drums, cut in half and a beautiful blue. They are large enough for the lime trees I want, and for my pumpkin plants to go wild.
It took me a week to gather the bounty, a joyful afternoon to rearrange and admire.I told you, said my bloke. His response did not take the joy of my gifts away, but rather gave me another moment to share in the garden with girl friends when he is out.
And here’s my gardening top tip for this week and you can use my sage advice (ha!) in other areas of your life as well:
To get what you want: sometimes it’s not about asking the right question, but rather it’s about asking the right person.
(c) Chris Gordon. Please visit her website here www.opensourceoutside.com.au