Tina Dixon's new garden on Echo Lake was the topic of a recent Seattle Times column. Dixon moved from an intensely planted garden in Bothell, and plans to cut way back on maintenance in her new digs.
It's a noble effort....and Tina is so knowledgeable about plants, hardscape, and art in the garden, I figured she's more likely to come up with truly low-maintenance strategies than most of us (her strategies are outlined in the Seattle Times story).
Tina is nothing if not a realist (as really good gardeners tend to be...) She sent me an email this week: "I found it a little ironic that I was doing a last minute panic mulching of the huge gunnera (originally from Nancy Davidson-Short) I brought from Bothell to Echo just before we headed to the airport and right after I read (in your article) that I was no longer going to mulch anything. Obviously, I'm already making exceptions."
I love it....wouldn't you mulch a beauty like the gunnera above, let alone one that was a gift from the venerable Nancy Davidson-Short, longtime editor of Sunset magazine? I guess low maintenance is as much about exceptions and compromises as it is about strategies....