Phases of gardening
I have often wondered if there are phases of gardening, or just different gardening personalities. I have always greatly admired the classic Charleston-type garden of the sisters' garden on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill and wondered if they were ever infected with the malady of wanting every plant on earth, lol. Of course having that kind of garden would be impossible on my place anyway, the deer would just eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The sisters even have tulips every year and how they have managed that is a mystery to me too. :)
Does the mad urge to collect everything ever wane? I don't mind it at all, I think it's still possible to have a coherent garden plan and a flowing garden with a lot of different kinds of plants. In fact it's a lot of the fun in gardening. My grandfather would have been a good person to ask -- he always did a lot of swapping with gardening friends -- but he's no longer here. He wasn't much of a talker anyway, lol.