Do You Have One or Both?
My friend Pat and I have known each other for years; we met as Master Gardeners in training (she’s one of my Magnificent 7 friends). We try to spend a fair amount of time together; I’ve helped her a bit in her garden and she’s helped me in mine. We’ve traded plants and cuttings. We are tight.
That said, I was always puzzled when Pat would choose to grow perennials, for example, from seed rather than buy them grown and potted up/ready for planting. She’d have these tiny little perennial plantlets in cell pots growing away mightily and I’d already have my perennials planted. At first, I thought it was because Pat likes to putter, and if you don’t know from experience, I can tell you that growing perennials from seed is a lot of puttering over many months. It’s one aspect of Pat’s approach to gardening that I had a hard time connecting with since I’m the see it/buy it/plant it kind of gardener. But, okay, who knows what she thinks of my approach, right?!
Finally, one day I asked her why. Why? At first, I swear she was surprised by my question, but her answer fits my Midwestern friend and her practical approach to life perfectly. She looked at me for a few seconds then replied that she makes her choice based on whether she has the time to wait for a particular plant to reach maturity or whether she doesn’t; if she doesn’t, she purchases the potted up/ready for planting specimen. She went on to say that most people have either time or they have money, but most don’t have both. And then she said,”That’s pretty much it and it applies to most of life in my experience.”
Wow. Now I understand.
And you? What do you prefer? Do you spend the time? Do you spend the money?