When it comes to making decisions about something ... anything, I am the great procrastinator... be it clothes, books, plants or what to watch on television.
But sometimes ... completely contrary to my previous statement ... I make a 'snap' decision ... just like that. No soul searching ... no big debate ... I see something ... I want it ...I don't hesitate ... I do it or buy it and worry about it later and then possibly regret it. Maybe 'snap' decisions just go against my nature.
bright and clashing 2013
The time of year has come when I have to make decisions ... about my summer container garden ... I try to keep all the pots together in one place ... not being keen on seeing them dotted about ... they make more impact I feel ... less is more. I allow myself the luxury of strong colours on the terrace but keep the rest of the garden more subtle and soft. I have just finished emptying the spring pots which were looking decidedly tatty – the bulbs have been laid in trays to dry out and they will be re-planted in the ground come autumn.
simple but boring
The decision of what to fill them with for the summer each year has become a nightmare. As more and more flowers and plants pour into the garden centres, so my ability to make a decision gets harder and harder. And I feel that I am just not being adventurous enough with colour combinations - trying something different.
I ruminate ... ponder ... reflect ... cogitate ... chew over ... you name it, I do it ... before I make any sort of decision. Procrastination is my middle name. The container garden is the one that we see most of - it is on the terrace and in full view of the windows. It is where we sit ... and eat ... and read books and the Sunday papers ... and drink tea. If I don't get it right it will bug me all summer.
complementary window box – sunglasses needed
There are ten containers which I plant identically - five for around the pond and five alongside the greenhouse ... and a window box in complementary colours. Some years it works ... some it doesn't. I don't mind bright colours that clash ... they certainly attract your attention ...what I can't stand is ... insipid.
silver and white 2011 – insipid
In 2012 I got it completely wrong - I chose silver, white and lemon flowers ... it looked awful ... uninspiring. Normally I go for the pink/blue spectrum but fancied a change. Wrong. The next year the pots alongside the greenhouse were filled with white, blue and yellow - which looked a little better. Then one year I tried a simpler container holding just pale pink geraniums - boring and insipid.
yellow, white and blue – a better combination
This year I have settled on fuschia pink, light pink, dark blue and white ... they look best when they are filled with as many plants as will fit. I don't like to see mean plantings. But the colour scheme is still a safe option – I should really be going for the ‘he who dares, wins’ approach.
Will it work ... we shall see ... I am the only one who is even bothered what they look like … I need them to look glorious for the twelve weeks or so of summer.
newly planted 2014 – will I approve once it fills out – only time will tell
Regular readers may have noticed that I keep changing the layout and colour scheme of my blog. Again, this is where I find it hard to make decisions. The 'experts' say that you should keep the identity of your blog the same so that people will recognise it, a sort of branding if you like. The trouble is I can't quite decide on what I like - which font to use, coloured background or plain white - a picture heading or just the name. I have changed it loads of times and will probably continue to do so - I doubt I will ever be happy with what I have chosen - just as I am not happy with the name of my blog - I feel I really didn't give it enough thought before I pressed the 'Create a Blog' button.
So you see, my inability to make decisions and stick to them affects all areas of my life - I sound pretty pathetic don't I - oh well, I am what I am I suppose, and I am getting a bit too long in the tooth to try and change now – maybe it is lack of confidence and not trusting my own judgement - I'll just have to learn to live with and accept my shortcomings.
‘Til next time – I hope your decision making is more positive than mine!