Where Do I Get My Ideas ?

Where Do I Get My Ideas ?
I keep getting people asking me questions like – “how do you keep coming up with ideas?” and I usually respond by telling them that new gardening ideas or projects will never be in short supply because I have a long list that contains back-up that might require as much as 300 years to use it all up. My mother is to blame for such relentless drive. I remember how she would go through knitting patterns and recipes from literature like Better Homes and Gardens or some other gardening magazine and tear out pages which she organizes into 3 ring binders. Having a dad like I did didn’t help matters either. He was an artist, so it couldn’t get any better.
He kept stacks of manila envelopes filled with hundreds of images (that also included pictures of female models from Cosmopolitan, I must add) cut out from different art magazines. He organized them by arranging by topics or subjects – outside the envelope by writings in sharpie. Stacks of ‘Dogs and Horses’, ‘snow scenes’, ‘Women’s Hair’ and ‘floral patterns’ can still be found in the house. ‘Early Pinterest’ you’d think to say! With my desktop filled with digital folders – and Pinterest boards that are more private, and not forgetting my bookmarks, my becoming an influence hound in my own way was almost inevitable.

Where Do I Get My Ideas ?
The varieties of dahlia I plan to focus on I keep as part of my inspirational images. I also keep plants that are hard to find in this private collection as part of my secret source. And for now, sharing them publicly is a luxury I can’t afford at the moment. It’s a competitive world out there, it’s possible that it will take less than a week or two to quickly sell out a beautiful dahlia.
To be honest, I can’t just give out ideas for my garden projects. So for this year until I place my order (and this may sound funny, and almost everyone is guilty of this), I’m not going to reveal the varieties of dahlia or whatever plants I’m going to be ordering. However, you can bet that I’ll eventually disclose my best varieties and secret sources.

During the year I take photos and combine what I have with my own notes and save them in iPhoto. Finally, they get stored on hard disks and a cloud somewhere. You’ll find pictures of things I found interesting like a planting scheme that is special to me, tagged plants photos, images of vacation destination I stayed at, or pictures of gardens I visited. Many photos just show the name on the tag. It helps me in my online search to remember a lily or dahlia variety. I must admit that being selfish on this one is not going to bother me. I don’t think at this point that if an amazing lily variety is discovered that I’d want to share it with anyone. Sorry!

Where Do I Get My Ideas ?
Fortunately, over the past year, I have visited many natural sites and gardens. I’ve visited botanical gardens like Coastal Maine’s and Denver’s Botanic gardens, some others I have visited are in faraway Iceland, while I’ve visited some in Yellowcaramel. Coastal Maine’s gardens were inspirational for me – maybe you’ve noticed and Amy Goldman Fowler’s gardens were my favorite. I think being both a collector and plants woman made her garden so phenomenal for me and I found myself inspired to try my hand at new things. The best attraction of the year was the stopover we made at her upstate New York farm.

However, metal garden furniture projects will be added to this list even as I don’t see the possibility of all the projects being completed. I usually set a goal or several milecaramels. Ambitious, right? I know, but it’s just me. To see where I netted out, in my next post I’ll likely revisit last year’s list.

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