Speaking of gardens…

I love my garden.
Catalpa 6.17.06
It’s a suburban quarter acre, which is laughable, I know. But I fixed it up to look like a jungle. I can’t help it. Everything I decorate winds up…cluttered.

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I even got statues and broken heads of statues for odd corners (all my corners are odd) so the place looks like an abandoned mansion’s grounds.Face1 And I hung heads on my wall, so I could pretend it was the Tower of London in the old days.

I also have a bamboo grove! When out of sorts with a neighbor years ago, I asked the Town Board what I could put as a barrier betwixt us. And the lady at the reception desk asked what I wanted to put up…Bamboo1_3

A steel curtain,” says I.

She giggled.

And then,

almost like the man giving the young Dustin Hoffman advice, she whispered —

“I have one word for you: Bamboo.”

I put in bamboo. And now I have a grove.

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And what does bamboo need, apart from pandas? (which are hard to get) but a little pond. And what does a pond need? Fishies. And what do fishies need?

Aeration – in the form of a little waterfall.

I can’t get any writing done near the sound of running water. That’s why I hang out there when the book is stalling. I don’t so much meditate as phase out.

I grow flowers too, and herbs and slugs, snails and little bitey things that run up my legs and leave huge welts when I go out to fix the water pump in the pond. Still, I love my garden.

In spring, I plant like a woman possessed.

By August, I pretty much leave the garden to the bugs until autumn. Then I break out the bales of straw and giant pumpkins and pots of chrs… crysthanthe.. mums.

Then the fishies hiberate, and so do I.

Snow_dog_1When it snows, I put up bird feeders and watch them and worry, because of the Hawks. I hate setting up a hot and cold buffet for the birds. Seed for the Cardinals, Doves and Jays. Cardinals, Doves and …Jays for the Hawks.

::sigh::

Still, for all the work, a garden is a great all-season way to escape working!
Daisy color 6.17.06

24 thoughts on “Speaking of gardens…”

  1. Hi Edith!
    I love your dog! He (or she) is so cute.
    I have a dog too. A wild Jack Russell (JRT) named Ginger. She came to us named. But if I had had my way, I would have named her Tigger or Thumper so some other type of jumpy, bouncy name. Ginger’s solution to everything is jumping. At the glass doors when squirrels invade the yard, at her food bowl when it’s empty, at the biscuit box when she wants a treat or on me when she needs to use the side yard.
    When my daughter, Anna, was little (Ginger was then too), the dog would jump over Anna’s head. In her glory days (Ginger is 11 now) she could jump 5′ from a standing position. Needless to say, with all this jumping comes lots of nose smears. Consequently, my two, 8′ glass doors in the sunroom are never clean. And they probably never will be. Because on Wednesday, my house be home to another, much larger dog. A German Shepard puppy named Drake. The good news (or maybe it’s bad news) is that he will only be with us for about 18 months as Anna begins his training as a seeing eye dog.
    If you can, Edith, do tell us the name and breed of your dog. Has he ever been friend to one or more of your heroines or heroes?
    Nina
    — the curious, littlest wenchling

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  2. Hi Edith!
    I love your dog! He (or she) is so cute.
    I have a dog too. A wild Jack Russell (JRT) named Ginger. She came to us named. But if I had had my way, I would have named her Tigger or Thumper so some other type of jumpy, bouncy name. Ginger’s solution to everything is jumping. At the glass doors when squirrels invade the yard, at her food bowl when it’s empty, at the biscuit box when she wants a treat or on me when she needs to use the side yard.
    When my daughter, Anna, was little (Ginger was then too), the dog would jump over Anna’s head. In her glory days (Ginger is 11 now) she could jump 5′ from a standing position. Needless to say, with all this jumping comes lots of nose smears. Consequently, my two, 8′ glass doors in the sunroom are never clean. And they probably never will be. Because on Wednesday, my house be home to another, much larger dog. A German Shepard puppy named Drake. The good news (or maybe it’s bad news) is that he will only be with us for about 18 months as Anna begins his training as a seeing eye dog.
    If you can, Edith, do tell us the name and breed of your dog. Has he ever been friend to one or more of your heroines or heroes?
    Nina
    — the curious, littlest wenchling

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  3. Hi Edith!
    I love your dog! He (or she) is so cute.
    I have a dog too. A wild Jack Russell (JRT) named Ginger. She came to us named. But if I had had my way, I would have named her Tigger or Thumper so some other type of jumpy, bouncy name. Ginger’s solution to everything is jumping. At the glass doors when squirrels invade the yard, at her food bowl when it’s empty, at the biscuit box when she wants a treat or on me when she needs to use the side yard.
    When my daughter, Anna, was little (Ginger was then too), the dog would jump over Anna’s head. In her glory days (Ginger is 11 now) she could jump 5′ from a standing position. Needless to say, with all this jumping comes lots of nose smears. Consequently, my two, 8′ glass doors in the sunroom are never clean. And they probably never will be. Because on Wednesday, my house be home to another, much larger dog. A German Shepard puppy named Drake. The good news (or maybe it’s bad news) is that he will only be with us for about 18 months as Anna begins his training as a seeing eye dog.
    If you can, Edith, do tell us the name and breed of your dog. Has he ever been friend to one or more of your heroines or heroes?
    Nina
    — the curious, littlest wenchling

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  4. No, no, Edith, your garden isn’t cluttered! It’s lavish, baroque, rich and full of exotic treasures like That Layton Woman’s magnificent prose! And such beautiful pictures to illustrate. I need to get me one of those Greek god heads to mount on a wall. šŸ™‚
    Nina, Jack Russell Terriers are notorious for their high energy levels. They come with springs attached to their paws. šŸ™‚
    Mary Jo

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  5. No, no, Edith, your garden isn’t cluttered! It’s lavish, baroque, rich and full of exotic treasures like That Layton Woman’s magnificent prose! And such beautiful pictures to illustrate. I need to get me one of those Greek god heads to mount on a wall. šŸ™‚
    Nina, Jack Russell Terriers are notorious for their high energy levels. They come with springs attached to their paws. šŸ™‚
    Mary Jo

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  6. No, no, Edith, your garden isn’t cluttered! It’s lavish, baroque, rich and full of exotic treasures like That Layton Woman’s magnificent prose! And such beautiful pictures to illustrate. I need to get me one of those Greek god heads to mount on a wall. šŸ™‚
    Nina, Jack Russell Terriers are notorious for their high energy levels. They come with springs attached to their paws. šŸ™‚
    Mary Jo

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  7. What MJ said! Your garden is lush, and I am in awe of your photography. (and your dog, but that goes without saying!)
    We’ve only been in our house since november, and it was a barren wasteland when we bought it. We’ve transformed the backyard (sort of, if you don’t look at the weeds and wild trees and poison ivy in the common ground), and we’re working on the courtyard side now. Just bought a great antique gate! Now, if only it was hanging…

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  8. What MJ said! Your garden is lush, and I am in awe of your photography. (and your dog, but that goes without saying!)
    We’ve only been in our house since november, and it was a barren wasteland when we bought it. We’ve transformed the backyard (sort of, if you don’t look at the weeds and wild trees and poison ivy in the common ground), and we’re working on the courtyard side now. Just bought a great antique gate! Now, if only it was hanging…

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  9. What MJ said! Your garden is lush, and I am in awe of your photography. (and your dog, but that goes without saying!)
    We’ve only been in our house since november, and it was a barren wasteland when we bought it. We’ve transformed the backyard (sort of, if you don’t look at the weeds and wild trees and poison ivy in the common ground), and we’re working on the courtyard side now. Just bought a great antique gate! Now, if only it was hanging…

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  10. My doggie is a rescue mutt, Nina. I ‘ve had generations of dogs more highly bred than me. This time, I went to the animal shelter to get a dog that needed me as much as I wanted it. What did I do? I feel in love with a dog that is Nothing like the one I thought I wanted and needed.
    Miss Daisy is mostly Pointer, from Tennessee. She’s been said to be part foxhound. Also to be part Greyhound or Whippet. I think she’s part alien. She runs like the wind and jumps like an Olympian. and kisses like a romance heroine. She feels like a suede hot water bottle.
    ah, love……
    Thanks for the praise, Mary Jo. (But I am a clutter queen.)
    And Pat – I SO envy your antique gate!

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  11. My doggie is a rescue mutt, Nina. I ‘ve had generations of dogs more highly bred than me. This time, I went to the animal shelter to get a dog that needed me as much as I wanted it. What did I do? I feel in love with a dog that is Nothing like the one I thought I wanted and needed.
    Miss Daisy is mostly Pointer, from Tennessee. She’s been said to be part foxhound. Also to be part Greyhound or Whippet. I think she’s part alien. She runs like the wind and jumps like an Olympian. and kisses like a romance heroine. She feels like a suede hot water bottle.
    ah, love……
    Thanks for the praise, Mary Jo. (But I am a clutter queen.)
    And Pat – I SO envy your antique gate!

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  12. My doggie is a rescue mutt, Nina. I ‘ve had generations of dogs more highly bred than me. This time, I went to the animal shelter to get a dog that needed me as much as I wanted it. What did I do? I feel in love with a dog that is Nothing like the one I thought I wanted and needed.
    Miss Daisy is mostly Pointer, from Tennessee. She’s been said to be part foxhound. Also to be part Greyhound or Whippet. I think she’s part alien. She runs like the wind and jumps like an Olympian. and kisses like a romance heroine. She feels like a suede hot water bottle.
    ah, love……
    Thanks for the praise, Mary Jo. (But I am a clutter queen.)
    And Pat – I SO envy your antique gate!

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  13. Edith… LOL!! You are so, so, so funny!
    But, it’s that what love is all about — searching for something you need while finding something you didn’t know you wanted only to discover it’s what you really needed?
    That’s what I tell my dh on those rare occasions when he wonders what he was thinking when he married a crazy writer that sits up in a tree house on dark and stormy nights… (like last night)
    btw, I don’t have a garden, of any type. All the plants and flowers I receive, I send straight to Heaven via over watering, starvation and general neglect. Hey, Iā€™m busy writing. But I love looking at yours. šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing.
    Nina, gardenless and the plants are all better for it.

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  14. Edith… LOL!! You are so, so, so funny!
    But, it’s that what love is all about — searching for something you need while finding something you didn’t know you wanted only to discover it’s what you really needed?
    That’s what I tell my dh on those rare occasions when he wonders what he was thinking when he married a crazy writer that sits up in a tree house on dark and stormy nights… (like last night)
    btw, I don’t have a garden, of any type. All the plants and flowers I receive, I send straight to Heaven via over watering, starvation and general neglect. Hey, Iā€™m busy writing. But I love looking at yours. šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing.
    Nina, gardenless and the plants are all better for it.

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  15. Edith… LOL!! You are so, so, so funny!
    But, it’s that what love is all about — searching for something you need while finding something you didn’t know you wanted only to discover it’s what you really needed?
    That’s what I tell my dh on those rare occasions when he wonders what he was thinking when he married a crazy writer that sits up in a tree house on dark and stormy nights… (like last night)
    btw, I don’t have a garden, of any type. All the plants and flowers I receive, I send straight to Heaven via over watering, starvation and general neglect. Hey, Iā€™m busy writing. But I love looking at yours. šŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing.
    Nina, gardenless and the plants are all better for it.

    Reply
  16. Love the sound and sounds of your garden. Wish I had a great place like that for phasing out. Not possible where I now live but I did have a little bit of that where I grew up. The livestock was a little bit different: the neighbors on one side had cows which mysteriously ended up just in front of our house one day. At the back of the house we had water too: a good-sized river of it. No really exotic plants but one year beavers tried to build a dam across the river and decided to use one of my favorite trees as part of it. And in summer we certainly tried not to go anywhere near the river unless we were totally covered with mosquito-repellent–we lived in the mosquito capital of the world.
    Thanks for reminding me of the beautiful place we used to live in. It had some pitfalls like the mosquitoes and 150 feet of undulating driveway to dig through to get the car out after a snowstorm. But on the whole, it was glorious–even without exotic flowers.
    Oh, yeah, we did have a dog, too. A beautiful honey-golden German shepherd mix. Probably just as cute as you dog is.

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  17. Love the sound and sounds of your garden. Wish I had a great place like that for phasing out. Not possible where I now live but I did have a little bit of that where I grew up. The livestock was a little bit different: the neighbors on one side had cows which mysteriously ended up just in front of our house one day. At the back of the house we had water too: a good-sized river of it. No really exotic plants but one year beavers tried to build a dam across the river and decided to use one of my favorite trees as part of it. And in summer we certainly tried not to go anywhere near the river unless we were totally covered with mosquito-repellent–we lived in the mosquito capital of the world.
    Thanks for reminding me of the beautiful place we used to live in. It had some pitfalls like the mosquitoes and 150 feet of undulating driveway to dig through to get the car out after a snowstorm. But on the whole, it was glorious–even without exotic flowers.
    Oh, yeah, we did have a dog, too. A beautiful honey-golden German shepherd mix. Probably just as cute as you dog is.

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  18. Love the sound and sounds of your garden. Wish I had a great place like that for phasing out. Not possible where I now live but I did have a little bit of that where I grew up. The livestock was a little bit different: the neighbors on one side had cows which mysteriously ended up just in front of our house one day. At the back of the house we had water too: a good-sized river of it. No really exotic plants but one year beavers tried to build a dam across the river and decided to use one of my favorite trees as part of it. And in summer we certainly tried not to go anywhere near the river unless we were totally covered with mosquito-repellent–we lived in the mosquito capital of the world.
    Thanks for reminding me of the beautiful place we used to live in. It had some pitfalls like the mosquitoes and 150 feet of undulating driveway to dig through to get the car out after a snowstorm. But on the whole, it was glorious–even without exotic flowers.
    Oh, yeah, we did have a dog, too. A beautiful honey-golden German shepherd mix. Probably just as cute as you dog is.

    Reply
  19. You people are giving me an inferiority complex. I only bought a house with a yard because I needed room for my books and the condo was overflowing. I have a scruffy lawn in front (nice bird of paradise plant by the garage, though), had to have two nice trees removed (dead palm and silk oak with roots destroying the sidewalk and wall), a wonderful crop of cat’s claw in the back yard, and a pool that currently looks like primordial soup because the pool guy and I have Issues.
    I have two lovely cats, though. Not sure if they count as an amenity or a curse…

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  20. You people are giving me an inferiority complex. I only bought a house with a yard because I needed room for my books and the condo was overflowing. I have a scruffy lawn in front (nice bird of paradise plant by the garage, though), had to have two nice trees removed (dead palm and silk oak with roots destroying the sidewalk and wall), a wonderful crop of cat’s claw in the back yard, and a pool that currently looks like primordial soup because the pool guy and I have Issues.
    I have two lovely cats, though. Not sure if they count as an amenity or a curse…

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  21. You people are giving me an inferiority complex. I only bought a house with a yard because I needed room for my books and the condo was overflowing. I have a scruffy lawn in front (nice bird of paradise plant by the garage, though), had to have two nice trees removed (dead palm and silk oak with roots destroying the sidewalk and wall), a wonderful crop of cat’s claw in the back yard, and a pool that currently looks like primordial soup because the pool guy and I have Issues.
    I have two lovely cats, though. Not sure if they count as an amenity or a curse…

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  22. A gorgeous garden and a lovely pup — what great pictures!
    And that’s some gorgeous wild creativity you have going in that garden, Edith.
    I wish you could come to my house someday and help me put in a wonderful garden like that, complete with Green Men grimacing on the walls, fairies dancing in the flowers, and a water feature too. I even have a cute pup, different breed (Westie), and almost as bouncy, to help decorate the yard in her own special way. Ahem.
    Though if I put in a water feature, she’d be in it all the time… I don’t care! I want a pond (and not the kind the rains are making this week, heh)!
    Susan, who would probably have to dig the pond herself, despite a house full of Guys, and don’t think she hasn’t thought about it….

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  23. A gorgeous garden and a lovely pup — what great pictures!
    And that’s some gorgeous wild creativity you have going in that garden, Edith.
    I wish you could come to my house someday and help me put in a wonderful garden like that, complete with Green Men grimacing on the walls, fairies dancing in the flowers, and a water feature too. I even have a cute pup, different breed (Westie), and almost as bouncy, to help decorate the yard in her own special way. Ahem.
    Though if I put in a water feature, she’d be in it all the time… I don’t care! I want a pond (and not the kind the rains are making this week, heh)!
    Susan, who would probably have to dig the pond herself, despite a house full of Guys, and don’t think she hasn’t thought about it….

    Reply
  24. A gorgeous garden and a lovely pup — what great pictures!
    And that’s some gorgeous wild creativity you have going in that garden, Edith.
    I wish you could come to my house someday and help me put in a wonderful garden like that, complete with Green Men grimacing on the walls, fairies dancing in the flowers, and a water feature too. I even have a cute pup, different breed (Westie), and almost as bouncy, to help decorate the yard in her own special way. Ahem.
    Though if I put in a water feature, she’d be in it all the time… I don’t care! I want a pond (and not the kind the rains are making this week, heh)!
    Susan, who would probably have to dig the pond herself, despite a house full of Guys, and don’t think she hasn’t thought about it….

    Reply

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