Monday, March 15, 2010

How Much (Garden) Self Control Do I have? Not much.

Just last week, I mentioned that I had avoided buying spring bulbs. That I was trying to stay focused on the upcoming annuals and perennials.

Well.

Needless to say that I fell off that rickety wagon rather quickly and picked up these:




Okay. Go ahead...laugh...point...whisper...snicker...

[shrug]

Because.

Yes. It’s all true. All the allegations are true. I’m weak. Weak, I tell you. Terribly, awfully, horribly weak. Terribly, awfully, horribly, shamelessly weak. I don’t do what I say I’m going to do. And I give in to temptation easily.

[shrug]

And you know what?

I don’t care. I have no regrets. Because when it comes to gardening, be it indoors or out, I have very little (if any) self control.

And I like it that way.

Also, I chose these bulbs specifically for the front of the house, which doesn’t get much sun. These plants are the perfect choice for that spot. So I had to have them. Had to.

Now, how much garden self control do you have?

12 comments:

  1. Martha girl we both know "we" can't help ourselves and we NEED a little "something" to tide us over : )
    I love your choice of the beautiful red astilbe , that will look gorgeous in the front .. and the lily of the valley ! .. I planted some last year in the "shared space" I am wondering if they will come up this year ..did you know there is a variegated type too .. way too expensive for me but they do look gorgeous : )
    Funny .. we both posted today about our weakness ? LOL
    Joy

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  2. I am also lacking in self-control when it comes to plants. I just tell myself that I don't buy clothes or shoes or makeup---so I have the right to indulge my weakness for books and plants. And chocolate, of course.

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  3. Ha ha...Joy... I just got back from your blog and I'm laughing that we posted about our weakness, as you commented. I couldn't resist the astilbe. I told myself that if I'd only buy some bulbs of that if they were only in red. Well, wouldn't you know it, here they are :) As for the lily of the valley, I've never heard of this before, so I don't know what to expect. I picked them up because they're supposed to do well in the shade, and I wanted to add some white as contrast. We'll see how it all turns out.

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    Oh my goodness, Beth, that’s hilarious! I do the same thing. I don’t spend money on clothes because I don’t dress fancy or chase fashion; I just need some basic things, mainly some jeans and shirts. And I don’t wear much make-up, save for a touch of eye liner. So I feel like you do; that I have the right to indulge myself in the few things that I really enjoy. My passions are gardening, reading and bird feeding, so once in awhile I’ll treat myself to a book I want or a new plant or another cool bird feeder. They’re all simple things that make me happy :)

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  4. I love lilies of the valley. I wish I could grow them here. Sniff, sniff.

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  5. Hi Liza, I didn't know you can't grow those there. Why would that be? Anyhow, I've never grown them before, so I don't know what to expect. Whatever happens, happens. This year it'll be about having fun and experimenting with different plants.

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  6. Good to know that it isn't just me with spring fever! I've got to get a grip before my entire apartment turns into a potting shed.

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  7. I've never understood the fuss about clothes/shoes/makeup - plants, though... I'm impossible. Buy first, worry about space later. And money? Who cares about money? ;)

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  8. Nature assassin, my problem is that I enjoy both outdoor and indoor gardening, so I'm basically screwed...LOL... The inside and outside of my home have to be plant-infested.

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    Ivynettle, I've never understand the fuss over shoes, clothes, makeup and such... I prefer to invest in the few hobbies that I enjoy. It brings me a lot more happiness.

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  9. I'm with you there - I'm contemplating signing my paychecks over to the garden store... but hey, you only live once! I really only have a few hobbies, I'm all for indulging all of them.

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  10. Hey Tatiana, you got it; you only live once. And like you, I only have a few hobbies, so why not splurge on them? And I'm pretty reasonable about my purchases anyhow. I do stay within our means.

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  11. I LOVE astilbe!

    I don't have much self-control but am doing really well this year. I just put in many many perennials in the fall and need to see what will come in! I'm recycling catalogs the moment I get them. That helps!

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  12. Wendy, I've never grown astilbe but I've seen them around the neighbourhood and they're so pretty. My self control comes and goes. The nicer the weather, the more I want to go out and buy garden stuff. Today is cloudy and a little depressing, so I'm relatively safe :)

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