Report From PIA – January 17
I gave a talk at Country Garden today, about great plants for Cape Cod. Throughout this presentation I spoke about the importance of putting a plant in a situation that it will grow well. The right plant in the right place, we garden communicators say.
Basically, right plant /right place means that we need to pick plants that will thrive in the conditions where they are planted. We don’t want to put a plant that wants sun and hot, dry soil in the shade or where water collects. Additionally, if we live in a zone 4 then plants that can’t take winter cold aren’t good choices for our location.
Right plant/right place applies to the rest of our lives as well. It is foolish to try and grow something in conditions that won’t nourish and support that growth.
I think that it’s hard to know if what we want to plant in our lives is right for that time and place. There were several books, projects, and goals that I’ve wanted to grow throughout my life that weren’t right for period of my life…and believe me, I wasn’t pleased that I couldn’t germinate those things.
In the garden we can sometimes manipulate the situation so that the plant we wish to grow is happy. Soil can be amended, we can add or withhold water, or shading trees can be placed in just right place. But in and out of the garden there are situations that are beyond our control.
Maybe, difficult as it may be, we have to trust that things will grow in the appropriate time and place.