Welcome to where I am, where my kitchen's always messy, a pot's (or a poet) always about to boil over, a dog is always begging to be fed. Drafts of poems on the counter. Windows filled with leaves. Wind. Clouds moving over the mountains. If you like poetry, books, and music--especially dog howls when a siren unwinds down the hill-- you'll like it here.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

THE GARDEN: an update

I simply couldn't resist going outside before lunch to take a few photos of our garden today, so here they are, beginning with the heroic cabbage!


"In my grandmother's garden grew cabbages

so big I dreamed they could fly...."


She grew mustard greens, too. She added them to her turnip greens pot. A memorable combination. She didn't grow lettuce, though. Or spinach. Or, horrors, broccoli! That would not have made my grandfather happy.

The mountain laurel is blooming now. And the iris!


Our spirits are alive again
That had been frozen in ennui.
Winter, say a short goodbye,
There's not one reason you should remain:
Summer has ordered his footmen in.

Fred Chappell, from Spring Garden: New & Selected Poems

8 comments:

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Interesting — I never knew that cabbages couldn't fly ;)

Vicki Lane said...

Your garden puts mine to shame -- I've been ignoring it shamefully. But soon, when this dratted book is in NYC, I'll get down to it!

Next week among the broccoli!

willow said...

Ooo...you've got some beauts!

Charlotte said...

Beautiful garden, Kay! And already so far along, down there in your warmer zone.
Have you been following the articles on the Emily Dickinson garden that's been recreated at the NY Botanical Garden? I'd love to see that.

Pamela said...

What a blessing ! You're so lucky, spring is such a joy. I'm telling you this from a cold feet autumn down here in Chile. I'm sure going to enjoy my winter, but still envy a little your summer.....

glenda Beall said...

Beautiful garden, Kay. I love the cabbages. Wish I could have a garden, but too much shade and I love all my trees.

Vagabonde said...

You have an outstanding garden. We have many pines trees and shade so just a few planters with herbs, like basil, oregano and such. But the fresh herbs are great for cooking.

Jingle said...

This is very beautiful!