Tell the Truth Tuesday
Our friend Alison at Bonney Lassie came up with the brilliant idea of a blog meme which involves showing the unflattering aspects of our gardens. This is a healthy antidote to the steady diet of stories about perfect gardens, all gorgeously photographed, which I and many others greedily consume.
It’s not a challenge for me to come up with ugly vignettes in the garden at this time of year. For example, take the above corner (please) where our house meets the attached garage.
As a first step for spring cleanup, I must pull all the stakes and cages out of the ground and stack them somewhere. I could make room for them in the garage, but that would take some shifting around and I get too lazy after a few hours in the garden. And so I just stack them in this corner, where they are visible to all passersby.
Another example of laziness is the hose, which usually lies messily uncoiled in this very same corner. I have a thing (forget what it’s called) for rolling up the hose but this seems like another end-of-the-day chore that just isn’t worth it. And then there is the busted pot that I’ve been meaning to take to the alley since around last October.
Judy cannot understand my inconsistency on the issue of garden neatness. For example, I scrupulously edge all the beds and borders nearly every week, but then I usually throw weeds right onto the lawn and leave them there to decay. I argue for a dynamic view of the weeds lying on the lawn (seeing them as the decomposed organic matter they will become) rather than a static view (seeing them as dead weeds on the lawn).
Honestly, though, I think it boils down to garden chores that are satisfying (which tend to get done, more or less) and those that are unsatisfying (which tend to remain undone). And besides, if I tidied up everything promptly and consistently, I wouldn’t have time for all the new garden projects I want to try.