Because I’ve started a 100 garden pet peeves post and it took me all week to think of 100 things I can’t stand, but there are so many things I LOVE in or about the garden…
2. Daffodils- especially ones with the orange cup.
3. Parrot tulips.
6. Boxwood Hedges
9. Eremurus spikes
10. Dianthus (Pinks)
12. New wheelbarrow tires.
13. The way an old spade slices through soil.
14. The magic of winter transforming a pile of garden debris into a garden additive.
15. Historical varieties of plants
16. New spectacular hybrid cultivars.
17. Going into the garden very early in the day.
19. Japanese Maples.
20. The unbelievable victory of a long-beloved tree finally blooming.
21. How lush houseplants look after a summer vacation.
23. Big scary bumblebees and normal sized honey bees.
24. Leaf Mulch.
25. The Financial Times (both for its gardening column on Saturdays and its excellent uses as the best weed blocker in existence.)
26. Lilacs in Bloom.
27. Golden/Chertreuse-leaved plants
28. Purple-leaved plants.
29. Huechera “Obsidian”
30. Rose “Bonica”
32. Sempervivums (Hens and Chicks)
33. Excellent container gardens.
34. Large Windowboxes.
35. Lining a patio railing with one type of flower in boxes.
36. Golden Oregano.
37. Borage flowers in arrangements.
38. Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars enjoying the dill.
39. Big bunches of garden roses.
40. Bearded Iris.
41. Phlox “David”
43. Papaver “Fruit Punch”
46. Parrot Tulips
47. Colorblends “Sunshine Boys” daffodil mixture.
48. Statues of Pomona, goddess of gardens.
49. Pink cupped daffodils.
50. Blue Scilla
51. Plant sales
52. Free plants
53. Violets, especially wierd ones like the purple with white reverse.
54. How a dandelion makes a perfect golf tee.
56. Strange caterpillars and beautiful butterflies.
57. Pets in the garden to keep things lively.
58. Bats in the garden to keep the mosquitoes down.
59. Water features done well.
60. Real water features like lakes and ponds.
71. Petasites Variegatus
72. The grape Kool-Aid smell of sand cherry blossoms.
73. Herb gardens.
74. Garden containers filled with tropicals
75. How pelargoniums are such a great investment.
76. Finally being able to move my plants outside for the summer.
77. My new purple hose nozzle with the “mist” attachment.
78. My old long handled purple watering wand- even though I can’t find it.
79. Farmer’s market plants
80. Tulip Poplars
81. Bluebirds eating the berries off of my yellow-twig dogwood
82. tree frogs.
83. White Trellis-Net against my light grey house.
84. Blushing Bride Hydrangeas
85. Smith and Hawken gloves that have velcro closures
86. American Horticultural Society’s plant index A-Z
87. Amaryllis, except when they bloom extremely late.
88. Thunderstorms for the added nitrogen in the soil.
89. Cheerful Goldfinches eating cosmos and thistles
90. When a plant you’d long ago forgotten about suddenly appears or blooms.
91. Sedum repestre Angelina
92. Golden Creeping Jenny
93. That gorgeous unrembered Iris.
94. Roses, even though they are so much bother.
95. Cactus- likewise.
96. Enormous tropicals
97. When every so often someone else says “Oh My God” about something you had taken for granted in the garden.
98. The hard work.
99. The joy of being outside so that I actually know what season it is.
100. The love of finding something to do every day- of finding incredible beauty in strange things outside- and the miracle of how it all grows every year.
What do you like about gardening? I could go on for another hundred items. Tell me your thoughts…