TODAY I WANT TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION to the multi-talented Dianne Benson, a former fashion designer and retailer (I still have a fab dress from the ’80s with her label that I can’t bring myself to let go of). She is the author of Dirt, a book full of unconventional gardening wisdom and humor. She also blogs and writes a monthly column for Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine that never fails to inspire me.
This month, in a column titled “The Shapely Garden,” Dianne writes about end-of-season pruning in a way that makes me want to grab my Felco, and with just a touch of wistfulness. The fleetingness of the seasons — and of life, by extension — is never far from a true gardener’s consciousness.
She gardens locally and has an online business, the Best of Dianne B., on which she sells a selection of gardening implements that are beautifully designed and reasonably priced. Because she’s that as well: practical.
Here’s an excerpt from her currrent column:
Even though this summer has been particularly slug-infested, rain-drenched and deer-ravaged, the looming end of the season always comes as a shock. The best part of the end, though, is that it puts us right back at the beginning. The ever-hopeful gardening cycle thrives on renewal. I always consider autumn the instigation of spring because there will be nothing to look forward to then if you don’t think and act now. Fall is the perfect time to reshape your garden. That can mean anything from carving new paths to bringing in fresh light by climbing up trees and turning an ordinary, if not dismal, woodsy-looking shrub into a thing that at least approaches beauty….
…Whether it’s deer-ravaging that needs to be camouflaged, some tired old trees to rejuvenate or an overgrown herb garden (especially rosemary and thyme) to re-imagine, don’t be afraid. Most anything you cut off grows back, anyway, and those missing branches will suddenly become such an enhancement that you will begin to see your whole garden differently…
Go here to read the whole thing.