Words That Make a Gardener

November 19th, 2012 Posted in Techniques, bees, compost, drought, lawn replace, perennials, roses, round table, vegetables, wildlife

What makes up a gardener’s vocabulary?  We’ll just skip over the ones unfit for a family blog! I’ll start with Endurance, since that defines most of us after a Texas summer.

Knock Out rose
Change. If that one’s missing, I suspect it’s a painting, not a garden! Here’s our latest project.

Vegetable bed with 6x6 dry stack
Oops. Its subcategory may include words that, again, aren’t fit for sensitive bud ears. I’ll just say: If you haven’t made a mistake, then you’re doing something wrong.

garden mistake

Discovery.  Whether you discovered WHAT you did wrong, or you met a new plant, concept or friend (human or wildlife), discovery is what keeps us coming back for more, even when our endurance flags.

Pink fairy duster and bee
Beauty.  And, truly, it’s in the eye of the beholder—yours.

Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick'
To wrap up CTG 2012, join the whole team for our annual roundtable conversation and personal perspectives.

Central Texas Gardener team
Tom, Daphne, Trisha and John swap stories about their mistakes, advice, and how change and balance frame our mutual vocabulary as we head into a new year.

One final word from us all: Thank You for being our true roundtable all year long!

Iceberg rose Central Texa

Okay, that was two words.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


  1. 10 Responses to “Words That Make a Gardener”

  2. By Steph@RamblingWren on Nov 19, 2012

    Beautiful post. I definitely discover something new in my garden everyday. One of my favorite CTG segments is the annual roundtable conversation. Happy Thanksgiving to you!


    Linda reply on November 20th, 2012 4:24 pm:

    Thank you, Stephanie! It’s so great to have you part of our roundtable, too! Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. By Hella on Nov 20, 2012

    Thank you to Linda and the whole crew for such a wonderful program!


    Linda reply on November 20th, 2012 4:23 pm:

    Thank you, Hella, for being part of our lives!! Linda


  4. By Daphne Richards on Nov 20, 2012

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Linda, from me and the Augster! He’s so excited to be back, I can’t even tell you. Although I think it’s fairly evident in this week’s episode. We are both proud to be a part of such a wonderful show. Thank you for your continued dedication to CTG, and your tireless efforts to infuse all of the wonderful people in our community with a love of gardening.


    Linda reply on November 20th, 2012 4:22 pm:

    Thank YOU for setting us on the road to wisdom always, and for Augie being our assistant director! Hope he (and you) get lots of treats and a day off for once!


  5. By Ann on Nov 21, 2012

    Love this one, Linda! My favorite word? “Beauty.” Wishing you abundance, Ann


    Linda reply on November 22nd, 2012 2:57 pm:

    Thank you, Ann! Wishing you abundant beauty too!


  6. By Kathleen Scott on Dec 5, 2012

    Lovely post. And you’re right, gardens are good teachers.


    Linda reply on December 15th, 2012 3:44 pm:

    Hi, Kathleen! And you’ve been a good teacher to me!


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