A researcher’s garden

I love gardening. I get good results too. However, my wife is very critical of my techniques. 

  • While I work hard, my work is often obtuse. Who grows his perennials from seeds  these days? The result matters less to me than what I learn in the process.
  • I do not care for uniformity, I prefer diversity. For example, I currently have 7 types of Morning Glory. I am always experimenting.

Daniel Lemire, "A researcher’s garden," in Daniel Lemire's blog, May 22, 2009.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

3 thoughts on “A researcher’s garden”

  1. By contrast – I’m the type of gardener who digs up his geraniums in the fall to save them over the winter to save $3.50 on new geraniums in the spring, nurses them through the entire weekend, and has them all die the first week of May.

    True story. *sigh*

  2. Grow hardy geraniums: http://www.hardygeraniums.com/

    Growing them from seeds is easy too! You can order seeds from Garden North (Ottawa business):


    You plant the seeds in Autumn (choose a well protected area), and in Spring, you’ll have a few hardy geranium. The first year, they are small, but over one summer, they grow sufficiently large that you can put them in a good location the next Autumn.

    Don’t try to grow them in your home. It will work, but it is many times more difficult that just planting them outside.

    Or, of course, you can go to Walmart and buy some of them…

    Anyhow, visiting the Gardens North web site is a good idea…

  3. We just started a community garden in Chatsworth, CA, I’m growing organic cantalope, cucumbers, tomatoes, dill (they’re delicate and may not make it), watermelon, and sunflowers all from seed. It’s a longer process, my fellow gardeners are way past me with tomato plants 3′ tall, etc.

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