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What kind of gardener are you?

(Zone 7a)
There are a total of 138 votes:

Exotic. (I covet all plants that won't grow in my zone)
(2 votes, 1%)
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Undecided. (I move things around all of the time.
(5 votes, 3%)
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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%)
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Daredevil. (I'm willing to try any plant!)
(4 votes, 2%)
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Farmer. (If you can't eat it, I don't grow it)
(4 votes, 2%)
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Natural. (only natives in my garden!)
(5 votes, 3%)
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Bohemian. (The funkier the better. If it's unusual, I want it!)
(9 votes, 6%)
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More than one of the above. (which ones?)
(40 votes, 28%)
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Previous Polls

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

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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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

How beautiful!

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

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.

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

I'm a freespirited undecided Bohemian daredevil. Mostly the free spirit.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

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.

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

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.

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Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

2,4,and 7 above. The vegetable garden I try to have in straight rows. Luciee {;^)

Wilson's Mills, NC

I'm an exotic free spirited daredevil farmer.

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

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.

Colima, Mexico(Zone 11)

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.

Municipality of Murr, PA

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.

(Zone 4b)

Daredevil, tropicals in zone 4

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

(Zone 7a)

Looks like there are lots of us Free Spirits!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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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central, NJ(Zone 6b)

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

(Zone 7a)

LOL! That's funny, Pirl.

Cascade, VA(Zone 7a)

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!

Alexandria, IN(Zone 6a)

I try to have straight, you would think that is weird, huh?

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

LOVE the aqua astilbe!!!!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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

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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?

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

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!

Country Club, CA(Zone 9a)

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!

Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

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.

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

while i think of myself as bohemian, down deep i know i'm military....much to my chagrin.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

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☺)

Madison, IL(Zone 6b)

I'm "more than one above" because I prefer edibles, but I also like to grow natives to feed the wildlife too!

Concord, CA(Zone 9b)

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!


Could you ask your raccoons where all of my right-hand gloves are? It's getting chilly here & I can't find them!

Marciac, France(Zone 7a)

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.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

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

Talihina, OK

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

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)


I am ROFL my a** off. Grazing!! I love it!!

Edgewater, FL(Zone 9a)

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

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