So it is now 15 months since I started this blog. What has changed ?
Well as before I explained that I am on a journey. A journey of self discovery that has led me to a world of horticulture. Up until 2009, I had never really given any thought or appreciation to tree’s, plants, or flowers, but what I have learnt over the last 2 years has compelled me to move forward to a period of education I have not really experienced before. It is my 38th birthday tomorrow, and after much deliberation have decided to start a Foundation Degree in horticulture and garden design at the beginning of October.
From my own personal perspective, I am amazed at the activity that occurs in the physiological plant world without intervention from man. Someone suggested to me, that if all the plants and animals died, human life would be insustainable, yet if all the humans died out, plants and animals would not be effected. In this extreme circumstance, why is it, that plants without mental thought can survive yet we, as humans cannot. The reason for plants is simple. All plants are reliant on their own individual ‘DNA’ and their ability to not deviate from what they are instructed to do according to that ‘DNA’. From the formation of the plant from seed right through to flowering and re-seeding, the path is entirely mapped out from start to finish !
I may have mentioned before that the pages on this blog are intended to help others and obviously myself. I am a relatively new gardener always interested in hearing other peoples experiences and achievements, positives and negatives surrounding pest and disease, weed control, design, plant suitability, basically, if it goes on in the garden… I am interested…
The pictures you see on this blog site all come from one location, a garden I look after privately, for a client who is also fascinated with the way nature works. I have been here for 2 and a half years now seeing many changes in that time. Originally, I came here as a sub-contractor (gardener) on behalf of a friend, yet he moved on and the contract became mine in July 2010. It has been an interesting year overall being in charge of such a high impact garden, lots of issues surrounding pest and disease, plant diversity, irrigation issues that have since been resolved. I’ve also been given permission to invest in machinery this year as the present equipment has had its best years… (RIP Countax 600)
Anyway, over the coming months I am hoping that this blog will act as a point of reference for not just my own studies but maybe others as well. It will act as a tool to help me record progress, solve issues in the garden relating to pest and disease, encourage feedback in reviewing planting plans or selection, and much more depending on your interaction.
So, wishing you a happy weekend,
The Lone Gardener