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Quote of the Day: Janet Kilburn Phillips

July 27th, 2014

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”
-Janet Kilburn Phillips

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I was talking with someone recently who was mortified of planting perennials because “Once you put them somewhere they can’t be moved”. I am not that kind of gardener, I move perennials all the time. In fact I often purchase perennials and plant them in a holding area of the garden while I decide where to put them or move other perennials to make space for them. In my garden I move any plant, small trees, shrubs, annual and perennials. As long as you get a big enough root ball and water well for a month or so just about any plant can be moved. In fact, many perennials do much better when they’re dug up and divided every few years. ¬†Gardening is the ultimate form of art because there really are no mistakes, it’s all part of the process.

Do you have any gardening fears?

5 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Janet Kilburn Phillips”
  1. Natasha on July 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Yes! I’m afraid of making mistakes because I also thought you couldn’t really move plants. At least, not easily.

    I also just seem to stink at growing my own food. I’m planning on continuing, though!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on July 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Susy, I never really thought of a garden being an art form but I suppose it could be. I don’t really have any garden fears unless you consider a snake popping up out of a foliage covered area a fear. That’s more of a surprise than a fear. I know snakes are a garden’s friend but I just don’t like surprises in the garden. They are just too sneaky. I tolerate them as long as I don’t see them. I haven’t seen any this year but I suspect they are still lurking in the near by brush just waiting to give me another good scare.

    I’m not much for moving plants around the yard or garden. I don’t have many perennial plants in the garden. The yard at the Urban Ranch has many but they are spring flowers that die back in the summer. I haven’t touched them in probably ten years but it not from fear but just plain being unconcerned. They just come up every year and look nice for a time and then go back to sleep. I don’t have that creative touch for flower gardens. I keep trying to improve the creative side but it always comes out in rows.

    Have a great day in the no mistake garden.

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  3. Maybelline on July 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Fearless.
    (But full of mistakes.)

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  4. KimH on July 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    LOL The only fear I have regarding gardening is that I dont have enough room to grow everything I want to… I buy plants all the time, almost always perennials and hope & pray I can find a place to tuck it in.. :P This weekend I bought 2 ferns & a Valerian plant!

    I move my perennials all the time… at least till I find them the perfect home.. I dont follow most gardening rules for the majority of my plants/gardens but they thrive anyways. I always tell people “Dont tell my plants that this isnt the way its supposed to be done.. they dont know any better!” :)

    I only had one hydrangea almost go belly up because I moved it so often & it just wasnt happy where I was putting it… Its happy now & flourishes.. :) Everything else I have grow like gangbusters!

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  5. Wendy on July 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday!!! :) ~W~

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