G/Son and I saw a family of Canada Geese at the nature center. G/Son wanted to try his hand at making a nature show. I guess the guys who make River Monsters (G/Son’s favorite) and National Geographic specials don’t have Nonnas backing them away from the animals.
*What he said. This is as succinct an explanation of what’s been going on with the economy as I’ve seen in some time.
*Here’s a wonderful discussion of biennials: plants that you plant one year and that blossom the next. I’ve been trying to get hollyhocks and foxgloves to grow for years in my cottage gardens. Sadly, the cottage gardens face north, and both plants seem to want more sun than I can give them. But I’m trying again this year, both with seedlings and with lots of seeds. Hope springs eternal. And then there’s “fashion” in horticulture.
* Is there also philosophy?
There is, to be sure, a rather breezy view — one that goes back at least to Dr. Johnson, for whom gardening was an “innocent amusement,” the “sport” rather than the “business of reason” — according to which the question “Why garden?” hardly calls for profound reflection. The story is told of a famous gardener visiting Charles Jencks‘ Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland and remarking that he did not care about the “meaning of gardens” provided that they are nice places to be in and look at. We garden and spend time in gardens, the implication is, simply because they are enjoyable, amusing things to do. But Tim Richardson is surely right to brand the famous gardener’s attitude as “artificial,” as a “conceit,” that appeals to an “anti-intellectual strain in British culture, particularly when it comes to gardens. [But a garden] like a mountain landscape my be “apprehended” with a mysterious sense that components deeply matter to us, even if we cannot say how. And because gardens may be “seriously,” — which does not mean “solemnly” — apprehended the question of why we garden and why we live in with gardens is itself a serious one; one, that is to say, for philosophical reflection.
I do a lot of philosophical reflection in my garden, but I know why I garden: I garden in order to be in relationship with and to co-create with Nature, Gaia, the World.
Why do you?