The very definition of a lazy gardener

A person who achieves success in the garden through absolutely no effort of their own. This can lead to an especially pleasing phenomenon, whereby extreme laziness results in a wonderful display of bright and healthy blooms.

I grew up with Camelias and Gardenias, so I always associate flowers like this with fond memories of home and childhood (come to think of it, the plants at my parent’s house practically grew themselves too). I’ve tried to grow them in the past with tremendous care … but with little success. Instead these plants seem to prefer it if I keep my distance.

You can see what happens when I just give up on the gardening front and let nature take control … If these wonderful flowers are due to my lack of interference, then I’ll happily stay away forevermore.

Do you seem to have more of a brown, rather than a green thumb too?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    I wish I had an ounce of a green thumb. ๐Ÿ™ My mother does and can make anything grow. This next spring I am going to try and grow a tomato plant- so wish me luck!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Haha, I would love a little of that green thumb too … kind of ironic really that I have such little success given that I love all things organic AND that I’m a vegetarian, so veges / plants SHOULD really be my thing … oh well, we can’t win at everything I guess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Though it sounds like your mother does well on the garden front … perhaps you should get her to plant a garden for you and give it her green thumb touch? ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I wish you the very best of luck with growing your tomato plant – that is one plant that even I’ve managed to grow and get to fruit … you’ll be fine!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    That’s my kind of gardening – hahaha. I go through phases where I buy and plant heaps and then neglect them for long periods of time, but still they seem to survive (maybe looking a little shabby).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Sometimes I think that I’m pretty much an all round lazy person … but this is definitely very much the case when it comes to the garden. Sadly though, aside from finding pretty flowers blooming about the yard, my lack of attention also means that the weeds grow in equal measure … thank goodness for having selective vision! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It’s wonderful that your plants are able to keep themselves going over long periods of time … and looking a little shabby isn’t all that bad – I specialise in that kind of style most days! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Rellacafa

    aw, pretty!!! I am not particularly good at keeping plants alive, however thankfully my Mr has the magic touch, everything he plants flowers! I just sit back and enjoy the benefits ;P

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caf – They are rather lovely flowers aren’t they? (even though I can take absolutely no credit for their success).
      How wonderful that your Mr. has the magic ‘green thumb’ touch … after all, life is all about finding the right balance – he can grow the flowers and you can appreciate them (that sounds pretty good to me!) ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. jason

    would i could be so lazy with this garden of words i’m always tending to

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – Oh yes, tending to gardens of words allow for no form of laziness … one must be constantly attentive to selecting and pruning them in just the right way.
      (though I know you rather excel in such ‘gardening’).

  5. hila

    I tend to kill my plants, without intention ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Gosh, there seem to be so many of us that are excellent at killing our plants rather than growing them … perhaps it’s simply because our attentions are so often diverted to other wonderful things, we kind of hope the garden just sorts itself out? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m SUPER excited and VERY happy to have won your lovely giveaway … I’m feeling very lucky this week! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hopefully you got my email tonight so that you can send Sue’s details on? (let me know if you didn’t receive it, and I can resend).
      Thanks again for hosting such a fabulous giveaway … I’ll be sure to blog about my wonderful prize! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Lynne

    I wish my garden would look good with no interference from me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lynne – I’m lucky to have a few plants that seem to do their own thing and produce lovely flowers … however, you would notice that I never show wide angle photographs of the garden – they are rather selectively focussed just on the ‘good bits’! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. fairchildstreet

    Sounds like a good theory. Love the crispness of the photo. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Haha, the lazy gardener theory is one that seems to work for me (but what a shame the weeds have to grow at the same time too). I really need to get a bit more disciplined in the garden and actually do some PLANNED planting, rather than just let things happen … I’m sure it’s much more rewarding.

      I’m glad you liked the photo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    That definition is perfect, perfect! I SO want to be a lazy gardener by that definition. Iusually end up killing plants, so tend to just leave them alone and let them be. At the moment I actually have some lavender and diosma (very hard to kill), and a few trees that I planted that are growing without any interference from me. Yay! So, hopefully, I can fulfill that definition and keep it up – lol.

    Linda. x

    P.S. Camelias and Gardenias have to be two of the most gorgeous blooms on the planet.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I think my philosophy of lazy gardening has come about due to necessity … if I show plants too much attention they seem to die on me for some reason – I either water them too much / not enough, feed them too much fertiliser (or not enough), or don’t get them positioned in the right place in the garden from a light and shade perspective … so as you can tell, I’m completely shocking!! Like yourself, just leaving plants alone and letting them be seems to be a much more successful strategy! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Oh I’m jealous of your lavender (such a wonderful plant to grow) … I shall have to go for some diosmas if they’re that hard to kill (I like those odds!). Trees are great to grow too, as they do tend to look after themselves once they grow to a certain point – so it sounds like your garden is doing pretty well to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Onwards towards more lazy gardening my dear! ๐Ÿ˜€

      PS. I’m glad you adore camelias and gardenias too … they’re both such pretty, classic blooms! ๐Ÿ™‚

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