I have been trying for the past several weeks to downsize my garden. Correction....I've been trying to do this for the last two years. To that end, I have sent out posts on FB, emails to the various quilting groups I belong to, and posted on Freecycle.
This year alone, I have sent away four carloads of plants. Today, Chris Landis came with a friend and I completely filled her van. It hasn't even made a dent. I still have things I need to divide. I still am trying to move some stuff out and move the other things I want to keep from beds I must destroy.
One of the odd things about this is that often people don't come. While I have some "common" things such as bearded iris, I have a lot of other stuff which isn't quite so common.
One of the common things I have, which although it has been in cultivation for years is still not often found in gardens is Baptisia, or false indigo. I have three separate varieties, but this one is the one I like best.
With my hip, and my hands...and my fatigue, I simply can't do this anymore. I'm trying to downsize in other areas in my life too.
One thing which makes me happy about this is that as I pass the divisions and sometimes the entire plant out to people, I will continue to live on in other people's gardens...Some of the material won't make it. Some people just don't have the understanding that plants need. Some, because they have gotten these plants for free will let them languish.
In the meantime, the miracle of a perennial garden is that usually the more you divide it, the happier everyone, including the plant is.
This is only my back yard...and the bag and the bucket you see here is full of weeds. I am struggling to take care of it, catch up on the things in the house and meet other deadlines.
The front gardens are almost as full and many as the ones in the rear...and you haven't even seen the weedy vegetable gardens. All in all, we have slightly less than an acre and I am paying for my exuberance in gardening and in the old habit of finding an unusual plant and buying it..thinking "I can surely find a place to put it."
Hopefully, preen and more plant removal...and maybe some more mulch and I'll be able to spend a little less time weeding and a little more time enjoying.