David Suzuki Foundation's Blog

The "Messy Room" phenomenon

When I was a little girl my room often got a bit messy. The days would go by and the messiness compounded. Eventually, after tripping on something, my mom would rightfully ask me to clean it up.

I'd sit in the middle of the room and try to come up with a plan... hours later my mom would peek in the room. To her astonishment I wouldn't have touched a thing. "What's wrong?" she would ask gently. I replied, "I don't know where to start."

After some of her guidance I would be well on my way. I took pride in the final results and once I had the steps it never bothered me to actually DO the dirty work.

This is the same feeling that I got when I joined the "Garden committee" at the David Suzuki Foundation. I go out to the garden and I see this:


Oh lordy... it is the "messy room" feeling that creeps up. What do I need to do? What is the weed versus plant? Do I cut all of these yellowish stems off? I'm keen, but I've needed that little piece of personal guidance to help me get kick started.

Can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Or this one?
Potted plantsI have been following along with the advice from the "Green Thumbs" and also the many helpful bloggers who have given me some super guidance. I want to give a cheer out to all of you... you have made my "messy room" feeling diminish. I know that many of you out there are either just like me, beginners who are willing to share our experiences, or you are experienced enough to provide some help to those of us who may be feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Thank you for being there to help out and grow together as a community!

I'll leave you with one piece of guidance (for beginners) that has come to me recently from one of my colleagues: "Anything droopy or brown looking, just pinch it off. That way the energy of the plant goes to producing new blooms instead of trying to save the dying ones. Harsh but effective!"

Happy gardening!

— Shannon


Comments (2)

Thanks Melanie! I will continue the research and let you know what I find out.

Shannon | July 28, 2009 at 9:48 AM

The orange flower is in the daisy family for sure, the other pic...the pinkish one is an almost expired "bachelors buttons" and the white I think are thrift, but it is hard to tell from the photo. Hope I am right!

Melanie | July 23, 2009 at 9:43 PM