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Winter Math in the Landscape January 7, 2013

December  2011 Foliage and Blooms (Some edited) 001 copy

January in the landscape is about math. Yes, you read that correctly, I wrote math. Not like the kind of garden math in The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. And not in the lovely “Fractaliscious” way either. I mean in the more relatively mundane, yet none the less important way that we’re all calculating what happened in the garden and what’s about to happen.

The addition is normally where I start in the dark days of winter. Right after the holidays, I’m already thinking, plotting, and strategizing my purchases. I want more shrubs this year, I added lots of trees last year, so shrubs are next….adding. How many packets of seeds do I want to order this year? How many yards of compost do I want to spread this spring? Some of my tools are getting old and in need of replacement or maybe I’ll FINALLY buy one of the tools I’ve had my eye on for SO long…adding.

February 2011 Seeds 001

The subtraction is at the forefront too. That perennial I have loved for ten years but have grown bored with, is SO yesterday, subtract. The super sale plant that was 50% doesn’t look like it’s going to make it…subtract. I bought and planted 24 tomatoes last year and 22 of them got tomato blight…subtracting. The matching pair of containers sitting at my front door are no longer a pair now that one has succumbed to a crack, subtracting (and maybe adding too.)

It’s too early for division yet. But soon… :-)

FINE FOLIAGE due out in March of 2013

 

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6 Responses to “Winter Math in the Landscape”

  1. Very true, Christina! A good way to think of it.

  2. Joni Holland Says:

    Clever!!!

    On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM, Personal Garden Coach wrote:

    > ** > personalgardencoach posted: ” January in the landscape is about math. > Yes, you read that correctly, I wrote math. Not like the kind of garden > math in The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. And not in the lovely > “Fractaliscious” way either. I mean in the more relatively mundane, yet > none “

  3. I love January. Holiday decorations have been packed for another year and the house is clean and reorganized. Now is my time to dream about what I want to do in the gardens. You are so right… it’s all about the math!


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