Don’t Hate Me Because I Don’t Garden


There it is – I said it: I don’t garden.  Never did.  Don’t want to, don’t have time to, don’t want to make the time – until l I retire – maybe.  I know gardening is the favorite past-time of baby boomers, but I’m just not that into it.   I dreamed my house was surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers blooming all about, bordered by superbly arranged hedges brilliantly designed by a landscape architect (green, of course).

My Dream

But the truth is, I’d rather do yoga, read a book, walk my dog, work on my novel, or plan a dinner party.

I wish my house had a vegetable garden with a variety of edible plants right outside my door.  And I would love to walk outside swinging a basket in my arms to gather strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and watercress, but then again, I’d have to sow in order to reap.  Last year, my dear friend and expert gardener Sadhvi, helped me grow various lettuces and herbs in potted plants for my deck.  She educated me and set me up, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t have lettuce and herbs all summer long.  But now, I can’t even get it together to do that.  So, I went to the garden shop and bought colorful plants (don’t ask me what they are) and I will re-pot them and display them on my deck so I can sit and relax in the privacy of my home.

Front yard

By the way, I must also confess that my yard needs a ton of work.  I looked on the HGTV site to see if by chance I could nominate myself for an extreme outdoor makeover but couldn’t find that option on the website.  I’m so desperate.  If you know of a contest for outdoor landscaping, please let me know.  You see, I live on a mountain, so I’ve convinced myself and everyone else that I don’t need any landscaping because I’m a firm believer in the school of “natural habitat.” In case you’re thinking, OMG, I’m so glad I don’t live next to her, you can’t see my house from the road.  It’s down a big hill (the one my husband slipped on during the snow storm in January and broke his hip), and no one can see it.



Back yard
Last year's deck - will try again

9 thoughts on “Don’t Hate Me Because I Don’t Garden

  1. Well, first of all, the photos make my house look fine, but honestly, when you drive down the driveway, it’s a mess, especially compared to the neighbors. I need so much weeding done. But when to do it? All gardening addicts are welcome at my house.

  2. You’ve got beautiful trees, so you are just gardening large!
    And I’m with Jane. Gardening is a lot of work.
    But if you really want to plant some easy things, try nettle and bee balm. They spread like crazy.

  3. I’m a gardening addict. I admit it. I have no control over it.
    Your house is beautiful! With a yard like that, who needs gardens?!?

  4. Oh Annice! Loved hearing from you girlfriend! And, I am getting some herbs together for you, along with some salad right now. And continue to do yoga, read books, and write for me!

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