By Ken Muellers
This is officially the one hundredth article I have written for HOUSE® magazine. One hundred times I have stared at the blank computer screen and debated what to write. Sometimes it’s taken days and much ringing of hands to produce an article, other times the words have spilled out effortlessly. I have worried I would run out of article topics, but over the course of more than 16 years there always seems to be another garden subject to delve into.
I haven’t had to go back to the same well twice. Sure, if you have read many of my “Garden Spots,” you would have noticed some recurring themes such as the omnipresent “Right plant, Right place” concept. If I didn’t push the doctrine of matching your plant choice with the planting site conditions (light, soil, water, exposure and space available) I wouldn’t be doing my civic duty. (There,
I did it again!).
Frequent readers also probably noticed the reoccurring themes of plant diversity and the desire to share the myriad of new and interesting plants with readers. You may have perceived my passion for the subject of gardening and the enjoyment of the environment around us. I would not have been able to write 100 times about something I did not enjoy. Hopefully some of my enthusiasm has rubbed off and I was able to impart some garden knowledge along the way.
I know in doing my research for articles on various topics, I personally have learned a few things. (Who knew moss didn’t have seeds?) Although humans have been gardening for millennia, there are new plants introduced every day and new gardens to be seen everywhere. My career and my life have taken a few twists and turns over the years, as life has a way of doing, but the natural landscape and gardens around me have been a constant source of pleasure.
Fortunately, HOUSE® has been gracious and given me the liberty to choose my topic as long as it had something to do with gardens and landscapes – with the one exception of my foray into travel writing when I visited Iceland. I would like to thank the publisher and editors at HOUSE® for allowing me to wax poetic about various plants from mighty oak trees to tiny spring bulbs and to write about such riveting topics as drainage and compost without questioning my motives. I would also like to express my gratitude to the readers of the articles for putting up with my attempts at humor. (I was telling “dad jokes” before “dad jokes” were even a thing!) If you can’t have a little fun along the way, what’s the point?
So, if the questions are, do I like writing the “Garden Spot” and will I be writing more, the answer is yes, yes, one hundred times, yes! Let’s just see if I can find another hundred topics to write about. Mushrooms anyone?