Bloom or Doom

June 6, 2016


I think there’s a lot of truth in this old comic strip from five years ago this month. I’ve had experience with different types of gardeners. One gardener will thrill at the sight of an interesting looking sprout that volunteers in the yard or garden. She’ll place a brick near it or tie a ribbon around it to protect it from lawn mowers. Safe, it grows into a tree or bush, and that’s all right for a while, but eventually the area will begin to resemble a neglected pasture or a wooded tract that was timbered five years back. Another gardener will plant flowers and shrubs where she wants them and pamper them to maturity. If they don’t produce as expected, they’re kicked to the curb without sentiment. I am a fan of woodlands and of flower gardens, but if you want to make the pages of Home & Garden, you’d better be the second type of gardener. I am reminded of a quote, and I tried to search for its proper source, but all I received were advertisements and reviews for pruning shears. So, I will ad lib: “One should never enter one’s garden without a pair of pruning shears.”


33 thoughts on “Bloom or Doom”

  1. My wife would concur with your gardening tip. She spends about as much time cutting back and deadheading the roses as she does tending all the other plants combined. Me? I’m with you! Wildflowers and other attractive, native plants are more interesting and take much less time and, especially important in Utah this year, much less water. I’d go 100% for xeriscaping if I could talk her into it. Setting up and maintaining a drip system for watering them makes it even easier.
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  2. I thought it was “secateurs,” not “pruning sheers,” but the closest I found was “it is now a public order offence to enter onto a public right of way without secateurs,” which has its own charm for provocateurs, but isn’t quite right.

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  3. “‘One should never enter one’s garden without a pair of pruning shears.'”

    Metaphor for God, Eden, and the former inhabitants?

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  4. I will try :
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    “A weed is a flower in the wrong place.” Corn is a weed in a bean field.
    .
    Many decades ago I took a photography class — One of the most important if you wanted to
    get a reputation as a good Photographer was after you got your film back (it was in them days)
    was to sit in your car and discard any picture that was not outstanding.
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    Same with gardening – a Master Gardener told me “If it is not up to standard – replace it or pitch it.”

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