I had to laugh as I read your article. I think many gardeners start out the same way as you did. I know that I did. Then, the more I learned, the more I thought and worked in the yard, the more I planted, divided, and moved plants around, the more interesting the entire process became. I always tell myself "Enough is enough!" and swear that, this year, the garden is, essentially, done! But then I notice a spot that needs a little something. Or, I realize it is time to divide something else. Or, I find a particularly interesting new plant and, once again, I'm a goner. I never have been, and never will be, a good landscaper. But I love the challenge and the rewards of watching and helping any living thing grow and reach its potential.
I've learned so very much from my gardening obsession, I don't regret a moment of it. I don't even regret the plants that DIDN'T make it, because I learned from that experience, too. I think the only thing I really regret is letting some poppies go to seed, because now I have violently orange poppies spreading across the front of my house, where my colors are primarily pinks and purples. The combination is a little jarring, and the poppies look so weedy and ratty after they're done blooming! I've even tried to weed them out of the areas I really, really don't want them, and they come back stronger than ever every time.
I'm glad you got a chuckle out of the article. I was hoping someone would find the humor in it!