I have written before about how gardening is more than a hobby for me. It is my way of exercising, getting fresh air and gives me a chance to download at the end of a working day. But, I also wonder does the Old House garden reflect my personality?
Clutter free or knick-knack heaven?
Some homes are so minimal whilst others have lots of ornaments and I think this is like our gardens too. I like my garden to evolve and that means that old planters may be alongside tin buckets, all full of different plants. I buy bits and bobs that I love at flea markets and then find homes for them not the other way around! I believe that if you see something you love and you can, buy it! You’ll find a home for it.
Colourful symmetry or paintbox creation?
Do you have every colour of the rainbow in your borders or do you stick to one or two colours? I have a blue and yellow border but pink sometimes creeps in! Many gardeners like to have their taller plants at the back of the border but sometimes you may like them to be less structured. Do you pick plants for their colour or textures? I wonder if your choices mirror the colours in your home?
Planned on paper or cottage style mix and match?
When I first started gardening, I would buy plants that I liked. It may have been the shape or colour of the leaves but mainly, it was all about the colour of the flowers. I had a border full of colour which had no plan or idea. It was a jumble of colour that all exploded in the summer in a cottage style border. Now, I’m a little more considered when I buy plants. I like to have a little shape to my borders and keep the colours simple in each border. I do plan to have a more formal front garden when all our renovations are done so that space may be different to my typical cottage style planting. I would like to have just green or white plants in this formal, front garden. I do think we can also have different places in the garden which reflect different parts of our personality.
Wildlife haven or tidy spaces?
I love to encourage wildlife into the Old House garden but that means you do have to leave patches of nettles or not tidy up your borders. It doesn’t bother me that I may have fallen apples in the corners of my garden or grow nasturtiums for caterpillars. When my children were younger, I liked everything to have a place in my house and hated clutter but now I’m much more relaxed and I think that has transferred to my gardening.
Our gardens are bound to reflect how we like to live our lives and therefore, our personality.
Do you think your garden reflects your personality?
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