When I first saw this garden, in its wintertime bareness, I would imagine all the different ways it could be planted and decorated. Then I began to feel like a failure for not being able to do the same in my garden.
Later I visited the same gardens. They were taking shape, colors were starting to appear, and the feeling was less of emptiness.
I also realized several things:
- There are people who are hired full time to take care of these grounds. This is not solely a hobby.
- There is more than ONE person taking care of these gardens.
- The same pattern is used year to year. No need to reinvent the wheel each year.
- Annuals are used, not perennials or bulbs.
- There is a greenhouse used to grow all of these annuals. I would have to either build a greenhouse, spending months to grow these, or else pay retail.
- This particular garden is larger than my yard. I could not replicate it if I tried.
Reminding myself of these things when the gardening doubts begin to creep in has helped me keep a more balanced view, to not judge myself so harshly. I am also able to enjoy the gardens more, appreciating all the effort others put in so I can sit and enjoy them. No weeding required.