what do you call a garden . . . ?

toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)November 3, 2013

A friend asked me this, so I thought I'd pass it along to my more knowledgeable (and wittier) friends here in the NW forum. She wants to know what the gardening version of the cooking term "rustic" would be: as reflected in "I 'meant' to trim that shrub all lopsided."

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gardengal48

I'd call it "natural" :-) If rustic means rural or pertaining to the country and of a simple, unsophisticated style then that to me translates to a very naturalistic garden. No straight lines, no highly manicured lawns or planting beds, no formally pruned hedges or topiaries. Heck, no hedges at all unless a mixed shrub or hedgerow-type hedge!

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 5:19PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

What, no topiaries?! ;-)
Mike

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 8:55PM
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sadie_pnw

Rustic garden: naturally occurring companions in rose bed.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 6:20PM
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George Three LLC

lots of cardboard and newspaper sticking out of the soil from ill advised attempts at "lasagna gardening", knocked over "whimsical" garden ornaments, and a couple awesome plants.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 6:43PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Nice mulch, Harborrose!
Mike

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 8:22PM
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larry_gene

Longstanding terms include jungle and mess. Nowadays "ideal bird habitat" would fit.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 12:28AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

I think a garden should be a learning experience, a sanctuary, and a piece of paradise.
Mike

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 10:26AM
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oliveoyl3

Well said, Mike! Thanks for sharing your garden photos with us.

Corrine

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 5:49PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Ohhh, rustic! I've just been reading 'what do you call a garden...?'. Duh.
Rustic would be disorganized in the layout to the point that maintenance isn't even considered. Oh, and free roaming chickens.
Mike

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 7:58AM
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sadie_pnw

Mike, what is that beautiful tree with the red foliage?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 10:38AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

That tree, like most of my Japanese Maples has no varietal name. Almost worthless on the open market. Named varieties are what sells.
It's an upright Japanese Maple I grew from selected seed from some of the better looking Japanese Maples I grew from seed also.
I obtained seed from a collector's garden 35 years ago and have been selecting seeds ever since. I'm on the third generation. It's a poor man's way of getting nice maples. Takes a lot of time and space though, with a lot of throw aways. It takes about five years before a tree can be judged worthy of keeping, and it's not just Fall color. Vigor, new growth color, and even seed color are other factors. Sometimes bark color is also considered. It's all fun!
Sad to say that maple will be cut down this winter. As the conifer garden has expanded this maple is in the way. It's casting too much shade and taking up a lot of space where I need it. I can only limb it up so far. Once gone it will give me more room for the smaller conifers. I'm just waiting for the seed to get ripe.
Mike

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 12:28PM
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sadie_pnw

Ouch; it's a shame to lose such a gorgeous splash of color in your landscape, but I'll bet your new plan for that spot will be lovely also. Selecting maples from seed sounds like a lot of fun. I enjoyed looking at your picture!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 1:06PM
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bear_with_me(8 Pacific NW)

Those were beautiful, inspirational photos. My garden isn't nearly as nicely landscaped. Not even close! Nice to see the beautiful views.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 7:17PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Thank you very much for the compliments. :-)
More pictures in the link below.
Mike

Here is a link that might be useful: My garden.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 7:35PM
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toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)

Wow, Mike! Your garden, your property is so beautiful! I just took at quick look at those photos on your link. Thank you for sharing them.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2013 at 8:49PM
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hallerlake

I call a garden.....therapy, a refuge, an avocation, and how I connect with the neighborhood.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 12:55PM
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dottyinduncan(z8b coastal BC)

Mike, your garden is so lovely! It looks like such a peaceful sanctuary and a restful place to visit. Not so much for the one in charge though. Thanks for sharing the pictures. How big is your property? It looks huge. Oh, and to the op, this is not a definition of "rustic".

    Bookmark   December 24, 2013 at 4:25PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

I garden on ten acres I bought in the late 70s. I don't garden the whole 10 acres, just about 5.
I have the same feelings about gardening as Hallerlake does.
Mike

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 2:08PM
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hallerlake

Mike, the largest of the Japanese maples you gave me has really pretty fall color; apricot.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 2:48PM
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opsitnick(8a/sw.wa)

Mike, Very nice garden. I couldn't do anything like that.
With reference to your rustic garden post , you forgot to mention the occasional free range horses , and cows.
Beautiful sunset tonight.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 7:59PM
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