In the garden


(075:  Hiding in the asparagus bed.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

In one’s garden a person may be one’s own artist without apology or explanation.  Here is one spot where each may experience the ‘romance of possibility.’

~ Louise Beebe Wilder

The garden has been coming along well.  The weeds have been thriving and flowering.  Some sort of squash has volunteered to come up on its own.  I suspect it’s the hubbard, but I’m not sure yet.

I’m almost finished weeding the aparagus bed.  Seems like I’ve been working on it forever and whenever I think I’m almost finished, I find that I’m not.  Most of the weeds in the above photo are no longer hiding in the asparagus bed.  Sitting under the asparagus ferns is one of my favorite places to be lately.  I have my own little secret garden in there, weeds and all.  As we established last year, my garden has pretty weeds with lots of flowers, making it a beautiful place to sit and ponder life, the universe, and everything.


(Looking through the asparagus ferns.   Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Yesterday I yanked out the lettuce and bok choy.  They had bolted.  (I wish I could draw cartoons.  The visual I’m getting from that last sentence is funny — lettuce and bok choy bolting/escaping from the garden because the gardener is doing a terrible job of keeping up with the weeds.)  The bok choy never really grew the way I thought it should.  I don’t know if it has something to do with the variety I planted or my laziness when it came to thinning it out.  I suspect it’s the latter.  I’m going to plant more lettuces and bok choy in the fall, along with some swiss chard.  I’m also going to try not to be so lazy.

8 Comments on “In the garden”

  1. Bo Mackison says:

    I love your garden experiences. Though your reminders of the constant weeding and the general fickiti-ness (is that a word?) of plants make me realize that my decision to no longer have a vegetable garden has contributed to my improved sanity. I give myself all sorts of excuses–not enough land, I can support the farmers markets, etc.–but I think it does have something to do with being lazy.

  2. krebiz says:

    Asparagus are such interesting plants- all those frondy bits, and then the compactly constructed little spikes and all. If I had an asparagus bed, I’d probably hide out in there too.

    So, we looked at flight prices, finally, because C figured out his schedule, and I figured out whether I could get a little time off work, and it’s reeeaaaaaaaallllllllllly expensive (like, we-could’ve-flown-to-the-west-coast-for-that-amount expensive) so we’ll have to get back to you, but it’s looking quite iffy.

  3. kel says:

    the lettuce and bokchoy were last seen heading down main street . . .


  4. Anna Surface says:

    I really like asparagus and didn’t grow any this year. I will next year. The squash in my garden has taken over. I’ll be more careful with squash plants next time. LOL ‘bolted’ …that makes me chuckle. It is great to feel at home in one’s garden. Love the quote. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Anna: Thank you. 🙂

      I really like asparagus too. I’m looking forward to my first harvest next year. They say it’s amazingly good when it’s freshly picked (a lot like corn).

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