We all know that great gardening information is regional, except when it's not. For example, one of my favorite blogs is Sunset Magazine's Fresh Dirt, and I totally GET its Hard Truths of Gardening, despite living nowhere near the climate they write about.
First, Sharon Cohoon's list of Hard Truths includes a point about plants that are landscape staples and it doesn't matter a whit that here in Maryland our tried and true plants are different ones. And to her Truth about buying plants for their flowers being as stupid as like choosing a wife for her bonnet I say absolutely! and Thank you~!
Now notice Sharon's eighth Truth – about paving stones with groundcovers between them: "Spending hours weeding where you walk is dumb." Hmm, I've always wondered about that, what with all the suggestions that replacing lawn with pavers and groundcovers is so low-maintenance. (The notion that lawn substitutes are lower-maintenance is a prime candidate for myth-busting, imho.)
And of course the Truth that hand-modeling is incompatible with gardening? This proud owner of dirty fingernails agrees.
Next, on co-blogger Jim's McCausland's list, my faves are the last two:
- Tree topping is usually evil, always expensive, rarely effective, and dependably ugly.
- Sometimes unlimited money just allows tasteless gardeners to fully express themselves.
Great lists, Jim and Sharon. Great blog, too, even for an ignorant Easterner.