Last year we had an event at our house for about forty people. Most of the guests seemed to like my garden and several asked for a little tour. Those who walked with me through the garden asked interesting questions and related similar experiences with their plants and were a joy to have in my garden.
On the other hand, one person who had been silent on the tour, waited until everyone else had drifted off, and then made a point of commenting that my garden was kind of overgrown and like a jungle. Her tone at first took me by surprise because she was serious, as though I was committing some kind of crime. Like she was letting me know that everyone else thought my garden was a mess and she was going to tell me the truth.
When it registered what she actually said, I started laughing... and then...
I replied with a smile,"Why, Thank You!"
Oh look, this columbine seeded itself here on it's own -- and I am leaving it there!
Yes, my roses loll over the fence.
My refuge and my heaven on earth!
"Nature knows no indecencies;
Man invents them."
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
A blue clematis is being overrun by an exuberant autumn flowering clematis. I am thrilled because for many years the autumn clematis has had a hard time getting established. I look forward to it's blooms in September.
My garden looks like a jungle and I like it!