|Winter interest in a garden not yet finished.|
A finished garden is a mythical place which does not exist.
If you find such a garden, I guarantee you that there is no gardener there tending it. So therefore, is it really a garden? (Oh, these long winter nights do force us to contemplate deep matters!)
Gardeners don’t want finished gardens, anyway. We want gardens that need some gardening done in them. We think it is normal to fall in love with a new plant and then re-do an entire section of a garden so that our new plant-love has a place to grow.
And if by chance it appears that a garden is about to be “finished”… well that’s not going to really happen in any gardener’s lifetime. But imagine, anyway, that it appears that a garden is about to be finished. We can’t let that happen We won’t let that happen! Instead, we follow the advice of Harry Roberts who wrote in 1901, “Make, or remake, one border every year. You will thus always have
sufficient surprise to afford spice or seasoning to the “settled” part
of your garden.”
There it is! Permission, almost a command, to re-do a garden border every year. As if we needed permission or orders to re-do a garden border. For we know it is true — A garden will never be finished as long as there is a gardener there to tend it.
And we know it is equally true — A finished garden is a mythical place, one that no gardener really wants to find.