Column: And just like that … it happened
It seemed to occur overnight, but it was really a gradual three-to-five year transition. And, now the romance of spending evenings in our perennial gardens deadheading and pruning feel more like a dreaded blind date, mulching hurts and pruning is best left to the experts. Can I get an Amen!
So the emergence of our landscape “Triple Threat” seems brilliant when essentially we are simply listening to our Baby Boomer clients and responding with a formal plan that delivers: 1) seasonal interest, 2) gobs of color and 3) low-maintenance living.
We boomers are a brilliant bunch and our definition of booming is one filled with thrilling opportunities, vigorous experiences, luxurious living and second careers … NOT hours crouched pulling weeds followed by mega doses of ibuprofen-laced cocktails. Interestingly, our children are listening and Gen X, Y and the Millennials are all digging our example. Imagine that.
Is there a prevailing “Triple Threat” component? Low maintenance is mine, but yours may be gobs of color. I believe seasonal interest migrates to the bottom. We all want our outdoor spaces to have winter sizzle but when there’s five inches of snow on the ground and it’s 10 degrees, our passion for curved beds lined with evergreens and winter berries is a little muted. Our focus is how to get to a beach and shedding a few pounds to squeeze into last years faded swimsuit.
We will certainly continue to expand our “Triple Threat” strategies, but there are more urgent issues on the horizon. You probably echoed these words in the last few sunny days … “I need to find some shade” and “do the hydrangeas need watered today.” That’s what’s next.
Until then, pursue luxury outdoor living filled with: Seasonal interest. Gobs of color. Low-maintenance living.