design as perfectionism vs pragmatism
I used to be ruthlessly uncompromising. I’d see something that looked out of place or unattractive, (even a tree that was 3 years old) and within days it was out – moved, given away, even on the way to compost. (I told you I was ruthless). Now on the whole I’m pretty happy with the way the garden looks. I think twice now instead of starting again all the time in the search for perfection. (Except in a couple of spots that are definitely still unfinished!)
At the moment there are two plants in the garden that are not perfect in my design-eyes but I think I will compromise and keep them anyway.
One example of my newfound pragmatism is this Acacia itypheallea shrub. I planted it about 3 years ago and forgot to consciously withstand the urge towards symmetry. Consequently I placed it right in the middle of its garden bed!!!!!!!! I wish I would have planted it about a metre to the right but intend to live with it as it is.
The other example is this Teucronium betonicum. I have two specimens and they have both been extremely mobile, probably moving around the garden at least 5 or 6 times. Now I have found two spots where they associate beautifully with their neighbours and are growing healthily and happily.
Unfortunately I didn’t realize the flowers were such a bright pink colour, nor that they would be in flower at the same time as the wallflowers whose pink is much more subtle and muddy. I like the look of the flowers but they spoil the colour scheme of the front garden. I’m not going to move them though. I have a brilliant and simple idea to remedy this problem. I’ve decided to cut off the flowers – as soon as I photograph them to illustrate this point.