For the most part I conform to all the rules that gardening demands. I don't plant trees that grow to big near buildings, I apply fertilizer to my lawn in the spring and fall and I keep my pruners nice and clean! What a good gardener I am.
However, on the subject of plants I stray from the recommended and start to push my luck with what I'm told will grow here. I know it frustrates my boss, resulting in phone calls regarding my latest shipment of shrubs I've brought in but life can be a bore if you stick to the rules. I have been pleasantly surprised with some of my successes while also proven overly bold with others, (RIP Indian Hawthorn). At least with my experimentation I've learned what will work so that I can tell customers as well as what to steer clear of.
Just recently I managed to acquire at beauty that was familiar to me back in