Gardening is even more challenging and fun than making pictures. There have been times in my life when I should have been painting but I have been furtively gardening instead, laden with feelings of guilt.

With gardening, there are three dimensions, plus the element of time, multiplied over the lifetime of the plants. You have to picture in your mind the mature height, girth, the colors, bloom times, the textures, and the conditions that the plants need.

 

You even sometimes have to curb the conditions for some plants that you do not want to thrive, yet you want in your yard.

 

Then there is the consideration of how the people and animals who pass through will experience it with all of their senses.

 

This is all more complicated than a painting.