I have decided to make a list of the plants in my garden.
For too long I haven’t really respected them as individuals, vaguely seeing them as components of the garden pictures I like to create. This has meant that when someone asks me What plant is that? I have to rush over to my haphazard and incomplete collection of plant labels and hope it’s there.
I would love to help people create similar gardens of joy and beauty with no water or fertilizer needed. I can’t do that if I don’t know the names of the plants in it.
In my list I want to have common and scientific names. I want to include at least one photo. I want to know the position it’s growing in – front, back, side. And I want a description of the plant: shrub, tree, annual, perennial, Australian native or native of other country. (Lots of my non-indigenous garden plants seem to originate in California or the Canary Islands). I also want to have space for comments, including my experience – for example, that clivias never flower for me, only for other people, and are only tolerated in my garden because they fill dry shady places with green.
So the question is: how do I find the information and how do I organize it? The database I have had experience with is Endnote. I have tried to adapt it to this purpose but it is far from a perfect fit.
I am excited about this project. I intend to search the net including friendly Wikipedia and garden blogs and other sites. I will reread the gardening books I have collected over the years. I will also ask for help face to face, and from virtual friends who read this blog.
Any suggestions of plant identification sources will be appreciated. Also any suggestions how to organize the information will be welcome. I use a Mac.
The first two photos are of two different acacia or wattles in my garden. I have no idea which of the hundreds of different varieties of acacias they are. The other photo is of a shrub I bought about 20 years ago in a nursery because I liked the look of it and had a good spot for it. I don't think I've forgotten what it is. I don't think I ever knew its name.
If anyone out there knows anything about these plants, I would love to hear from you.
about this blog
I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.
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