Posted: 09/06/2013 at 09:03
I started this garden from scratch as it was a new house 14 years ago. At the begining you are in charge as the gardener, taking decisions on the overall design, placement of structural plants and trees, digging out beds,choosing colour schemes etc. Then comes the stage when the garden takes over and you are almost entirely in a responsive role. The garden essentially takes the decisions on whay happens next, as some plants thrive, others die, the garden takes on it's shape. The creative skills become second best to maintenace, with only limited chances to change things as small opportunities occur when something dies or needs replacing. Carry on in creative mode and the risk is that your garden will be over-designed and overcrowded. Still good, but something in the design will have been lost. such is the joy of managing an established garden. Ho-hum!