Do fashion and gardening intersect? If so, how? I believe they do! After all, it’s all about composition, combinations and color. If you’ve been paying attention at all, you’ve probably realized that green is my favorite color. I have a hard time choosing a particular shade, but am partial to a lime green, citrus-y hue. It’s the color of our logo, it’s the color of the Johns Landing storefront, its influence is everywhere at Here We Go Again, as well as in my closet. In addition to clothing and fashion, gardening is one of my true joys.
Time spent in the garden renews me, and although my back may hurt at the end of a long session weeding or planting, my heart is grateful and my brain refreshed. Tending my garden gives me a sense of accomplishment. In general, projects tend to find me and I like the challenge. While my garden is never finished, it can be beautified by weeding, relocating plants, pruning or planting a newly-found green treasure. I visit nurseries the same way I shop resale: hunting for a plant I’ve lusted after, finding the unexpected texture or color that’s missing from a corner of my garden. In short, it’s just a different type of treasure hunt.
Because I love green so much, plus generally speaking, I’m a practical person, I like to garden for year-round interest. That means I look for leaves! Interesting shapes, textures, colors, contrast. I love the infinite variety engendered in leaves. I love how they look when they co-mingle. (I don’t suffer thugs, though, so I’ve been known to yank out plants that don’t play well with others!) Hello, my name is Chris and I’m a leaf freak.
I am occasionally drawn to flowers, too, it’s not that I have anything against them. It’s just that they’re so…fleeting. I like plants that look good for longer than their bloom time. I feel the same way about my clothes. Can I mix and match, can they be combined in unexpected ways? Are they intriguing? Fashion and gardening – I’m telling you – they have a lot in common! If I were truly disciplined (I’m not.) I’d have a moon garden, with all white flowers. I started out that direction, but along the path I was seduced by other features: growth habit, killer flowers, leaf texture, and my biggest weakness – rarity! If a nursery owner wants to suck me in, all they have to do is put a little tag in the pot that says “Rare speciman!” Out comes the credit card, they hooked me.
As with plants, I can spot the designer item on a rack at 20 paces. Let me feel that fabric and I’m a goner. Unusual construction? Asymmetrical features? Contrasting prints? With fashion and gardening, I’m so predictable.
You may not swoon over plants the way I do, or sigh heavily at the touch of a silk crepe, but I do hope you see the beauty in a million shades of green.
Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of mothers and especially mothers who garden, stop by the stores for our annual free herb plant with purchase this Friday-Sunday, May 6,7 & 8.