Ants-in-your-pants. That's the side effect of inspiration.
More and more people are turning to Pinterest for inspiration. But I have no intention of joining Facebook or Twitter, so no Pinterest for me.
Still, there are lots of places to get that ants-in-your-pants inspiration.
I saw an arbor in a magazine (can't remember which one or even which year) that had jasmine growing over it, blooming. I could immediately imagine the delight of walking under that archway, taking in its sweet perfume, and knew that I had to use this idea. So I did.
My pond garden is a modified version of a pond I found in one of my favorite books. I wish I had done a few things differently when building this pond, but I still love it.
From another country:
I've never been to England, but just hearing about their famous herbaceous perennial borders fueled my imagination. This is not technically a perennial border in the English sense, but again, a modified version suited to my garden, and my gardening style.
Hydrangeas were a must-have in my garden, because my grandmother had them in hers. I think a lot of gardeners are inspired by our memories.
From other gardens:
Believe it or not, the idea of putting boxwoods in a horseshoe shape around a focal point (in this case, a standard rose), came from the plantings at a restaurant. I drove around it numerous times, very slowly, drawing sketches on a napkin. They must have thought I was casing the joint!
And, of course! From blogs:
A great resource! Planting inspiration and design ideas are there daily, just for the taking. And what could be better than first-hand information?
Need more ideas? Garden tours can be a great source of inspiration. Just going to a plant nursery can sometimes spark an idea. Talking with other gardeners can often start the spark of creativity. Sometimes just the scent of a bloom can be the catalyst for an idea.
Need some inspiration? There's plenty of places to find it. When will you know you have it? When you get those ants-in-your-pants!
I'm joining Garden Walk Garden Talk for her W4W meme on Inspiration.