Sunday, September 29, 2013

Trial and Error

We at Wellington often receive compliments from passers by regarding Wellington in general, and his garden in particular.  The Hub has even received offers of landscape jobs based on Wellington's garden.  We chuckle, because really we don't know what we're doing.  All of Wellington's gardens are based on what we like to call "trial and error."  Which means we end up pulling out a large percentage of the plants we put in.  Usually it's because they turn out to be the wrong size for the area.  Sometimes the plants don't make it for one reason or another.  Besides, we had 21 years in our previous house to hone our gardening skills.

But Wellington's garden does look lovely.  And it's because we love tending it.  The Hub does most of the work.  I just piddle around, really.  Take today, for instance.  I went out after lunch and hacked at something that had gotten too large for its spot.  I clipped back other plants.  Put some more baby plants into spots that are probably wrong.  The Hub came out and yanked out an old plant that was really too large to be in the front of the bed.  Then I replanted it farther back.  Eventually he grabbed some clippers and went to town pruning back something I had been hacking at.  After an hour or so, we stood back and admired our handiwork.  It's not perfect, but it looks pretty good.  Especially if you take in the whole effect - Wellington with his green lawns, stone wall, big baby oak tree and moundy flower beds.  And if you squint your eyes just a little.

Afterwards we sat in our backyard and watched the puffy clouds peak over the rooftop.  Wellington makes us happy.


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