The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. –Michelangelo
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. –Helen Keller
As Halloween draws near and front yards and porches fill up with grinning jack o’lanterns, ghouls, and oversized spiders, it seems an appropriate time to muse on Dangerous Gardens. What makes a garden dangerous, and is that a good quality or something to be avoided? As always, expect a fascinating range of interpretations, from the practical (garden safety tips) to the physical (spiny plants like cactus and agave) to the philosophical (be bold!).
Guest blogger Loree Bohl of the popular blog Danger Garden joins us this month. Loree gardens in Portland, Oregon, and she loves the thrill of danger. In fact, she sums up her entire gardening philosophy as a dance with danger:
Nice plants are boring – my love is for plants that can hurt you. Agave, yucca, anything with a spike or spur! Besides the danger the plants provide, gardening itself is just plain dangerous. The money! Who couldn’t drop a couple hundred in an afternoon at your favorite nursery or a plant sale? Dangerous! And then there is my tendency to garden with plants that are on the edge of what my climate will allow. Dangerous!
If you share a fascination with dangerous gardens too, then leave your life jacket on the boat and dive into the following posts.