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Schenectady, NY


October 15, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9305933

There are a total of 138 votes:


Exotic. (I covet all plants that won't grow in my zone)
(2 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Undecided. (I move things around all of the time.
(5 votes, 3%)
Red dot


Military. (Everything in neat rows and carfully ordered)
(4 votes, 2%)
Red dot


Free spirit. (I have a little bit of everything and plant it where the mood strikes me)
(65 votes, 47%)
Red dot


Daredevil. (I'm willing to try any plant!)
(4 votes, 2%)
Red dot


Farmer. (If you can't eat it, I don't grow it)
(4 votes, 2%)
Red dot


Natural. (only natives in my garden!)
(5 votes, 3%)
Red dot


Bohemian. (The funkier the better. If it's unusual, I want it!)
(9 votes, 6%)
Red dot


More than one of the above. (which ones?)
(40 votes, 28%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9306095

More than one of the above...
I would opt for a freespirited Bohemian daredevil.
Living on the plant edge... lol

This message was edited Oct 15, 2012 1:47 PM
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9306358

Definitely free spirited for me. No rigid straight rows of anything and no living by the rules as far as sun/shade or other restrictions. If you can't be a free spirit in your own garden, then where is it allowed? (rhetorical - no need to answer!)

It's fun to mix yarrow, campanula, Japanese irises, Asiatic lilies, columbine and more, each with different needs, just to see what happens.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9306550

Free Spirit. I find a hole and throw a plant there. Lots of interesting combos have come out of that.

One of my favorite combos that wasn't planned.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9306573

How beautiful!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 16, 2012
5:00 AM

Post #9306758

I swished between free spirit and daredevil and settled for daredevil. I just love all plants and if it will grow anywhere near my zone, I'll give it a try. I love to fill holes in my garden and I love to mix it up with color.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9306816

I'm a freespirited undecided Bohemian daredevil. Mostly the free spirit.
frogymon
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2012
6:48 AM

Post #9306851

Started out as a farmer, but then decided flowers were okay, even if they aren't edible. I still only plant trees that give back in the form of fruit, as they take lots more space and water than flowers do.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2012
6:56 AM

Post #9306855

Free spirited Bohemian here. I do take care in where I plant things to a certain degree, but other than that; funky where I want it is how I roll!
For example, in one bed I have two drift roses on either side of a banana plant, next to a mum and crunum. In front of them is Agave ‘Cornelius’ and another sedum.
Barb

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luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9306952

2,4,and 7 above. The vegetable garden I try to have in straight rows. Luciee {;^)
wtliftr
Wilson's Mills, NC

October 16, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9307065

I'm an exotic free spirited daredevil farmer.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 16, 2012
10:29 AM

Post #9307093

One thing I love to do is take a bunch of flower seeds mix them together and throw them out into a bed and see what happens. Go to go out right now and do some more weed wacking along the front of the property along the street. Will be glad when I've saved up enough money to buy a lawn mower.

vitrsna

vitrsna
Colima
Mexico
(Zone 11)

October 16, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #9307240

I am a butterfly gardener so most of the plants are native to Mexico and Central America. All my plants are either butterfly host plants or nectar plants.
SoooSirius
Municipality of Murr, PA

October 16, 2012
1:20 PM

Post #9307245

I used to be a Daredevil Bohemian, but then I ran smack into Aegopodium and deer. So now I'm just a little more picky, educating myself about invasives and Bambi Buffet. I still love growing unusual things though, like a tomato named "Stick".
I am disappointed there is no category for Foliage Freak, because I would fit there, too.

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

October 16, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9307436

Daredevil, tropicals in zone 4

This message was edited Oct 16, 2012 6:30 PM

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

October 16, 2012
11:04 PM

Post #9307645

Looks like there are lots of us Free Spirits!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2012
5:34 AM

Post #9307734

Maybe there are a lot of Free Spirits with Daredevil spirits, Exotic instincts with some Farmer Military straight rows, as Luciee mentioned (and she's right), because in so many other aspects of life we are restricted as to what we can do. The garden should be a refuge for us and a place where we can do as we please.

One year, when the astilbe cooked in the sun, I used spray paint to change them to aqua. It delighted me but a neighbor was furious. I hope she didn't think I cared!

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 17, 2012
6:03 AM

Post #9307774

That's great Pirl!!!!


I'm definitely closer to military than anything, I am a huge planner and don't stick plants just anywhere but not necessarily in perfect rows

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9307887

LOL! That's funny, Pirl.
jmc1987
Cascade, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9307889

Bohemian style for me, i simply can not grow the "traditional" colored fruits and veggies, purple, green, and orange tomatoes, purple potatoes, white carrots. this includes house plants, the stranger it looks, the more i love it!
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 17, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9308082

I try to have straight rows...wow, you would think that is weird, huh?
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #9308224

Pirl,
LOVE the aqua astilbe!!!!
Barb
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9308348

Thanks, Barb. I'm prepared for the next round of spraying but wish it was Glow in the Dark!

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Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

October 17, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9308367

I should explain: I plan my garden like an engineer; plant my dahlia garden every May/June with absolute military precision. Everything double-labeled. All tubers staked. My new sprouts are treated like my babies. By August, it looks like a bohemian/free spirit/nut planted the garden that was then run over by elephants. And WHERE did all those labels go?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9308396

There is a little known critter named "The label eater", and he/she visits many gardens each year. They reproduce faster than voles so the curse is spread across the country. There is no spray to stop it from devouring any type of label!
vlygrl
Country Club, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2012
10:18 PM

Post #9308558

Hey, if you live in the Central Valley of CA with clay soil, no summer rain, and lots of shade for the heat, you do what you can. First, you must amend the soil and then see how you can get some water in--or plant only for drought tolerance. I do what I can, when time and arthritis permits!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6b)

October 18, 2012
4:35 PM

Post #9309169

LOL!!! I love "the label eater" Until it happens to me of course!! Then somehow it is just not as funny!!!

Free spirit of course ,and there was a time time if I "couldn't eat it I didn't grow it" Times and personalities change I guess.

These days a garden without a bloom or two is not to have been.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2012
6:35 AM

Post #9309600

while i think of myself as bohemian, down deep i know i'm military...much to my chagrin.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9309655

Military framing for the gardens and touches of Exotic, Bohemian and Daredevil mixed in to the Free Spirit plantings that my Undecided self moves 'round and 'round☺ I am finding that the older I get; the more that I appreciate the Military way that I have framed the different areas and could, possibly, end up with an orderly, neatly regimented design...(or not☺)

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

October 19, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9309688

I'm "more than one above" because I prefer edibles, but I also like to grow natives to feed the wildlife too!
Regality
Concord, CA
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9309722

Xaltd1
In my garden, I blame the raccoons for everything, including label theft. And I'm sure they also have a mountain-high pile of single socks mixed in with ballpoint pens stashed somewhere!
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

October 19, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #9309766

Regality,
Could you ask your raccoons where all of my right-hand gloves are? It's getting chilly here & I can't find them!
fleuriste
Marciac
France
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2012
12:37 PM

Post #9309847

I am a natural farmer with a touch of exotic ! Most of the garden is dedicated to encouraging wild life except in the potager where nibblers are not welcome! I also tend to have sudden crushes on things that probably will not do well here - but I am sometimes surprised and delighted.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2012
2:20 PM

Post #9310735

Naturally undecided free spirit. Trying to incorporate more natives, constantly moving things around, impulse purchases.
grits74571
Talihina, OK

October 21, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9311540

I belong to the Charlie Manson school of garden design HELTER SKELTER this year I overseeded my front lawn (bermuda) with mustard now insted of mowing I can graze..LOL
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 21, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9311665

grits74571

I am ROFL my a** off. Grazing!! I love it!!
Bloominggardens
Edgewater, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9336130

I,m a free spirited daredevil.Just love to be surrounded by plants,trees and bushes.

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