Saturday in the Garden PotPourri


* This just gives me goosebumps:

As an old woman watching the world change, I just have to say: The Kids Are Alright.

I think the idea of building the greenhouse on the roof of a grocery store is just bloody brilliant. It’s like wheels on suitcases — you just sit there and wonder how no one ever thought of this before. (It’s like my one, overriding idea for any new house: the laundry room should be ON THE SAME FLOOR as the bedroom closets.)

Imagine if every urban apartment/condo building had, due to simple zoning laws, similar greenhouses for community gardens so that the people who live there could grow their own flowers, vegetables, herbs. If we can regulate the required number of parking spaces, I think we can regulate greenhouses on the roofs.

Most of us, we’re urban Witches. We live in cities. We should be doing spells for our cities to create more of these wonderful solutions. Beltane’s coming; that’s a good time to do spells for your landbase, especially if you live in the city.

* Old Moss Woman posted this poem, which is new to me:

Babylon by Robert Graves

The child alone a poet is:
Spring and Fairyland are his.
Truth and Reason show but dim,
And all’s poetry with him.
Rhyme and music flow in plenty
For the lad of one-and-twenty,
But Spring for him is no more now
Than daisies to a munching cow;
Just a cheery pleasant season,
Daisy buds to live at ease on.
He’s forgotten how he smiled
And shrieked at snowdrops when a child,
Or wept one evening secretly
For April’s glorious misery.
Wisdom made him old and wary
Banishing the Lords of Faery.
Wisdom made a breach and battered
Babylon to bits: she scattered
To the hedges and ditches
All our nursery gnomes and witches.
Lob and Puck, poor frantic elves,
Drag their treasures from the shelves.
Jack the Giant-killer’s gone,
Mother Goose and Oberon,
Bluebeard and King Solomon.
Robin, and Red Riding Hood
Take together to the wood,
And Sir Galahad lies hid
In a cave with Captain Kidd.
None of all the magic hosts,
None remain but a few ghosts
Of timorous heart, to linger on
Weeping for lost Babylon.

Maybe one thing that differentiates Pagans is that we don’t get too old for Spring and Fairyland.

One thing that I keep teaching G/Son is that fairies are, as his admin-law Nonna phrases it, “both arbitrary AND capricious.” (It never surprises me when federal agencies behave in this manner; I’ve spent all my life with fairies.) I’m trying to figure out where in my garden I’d put this plaque:

* This has been a cool April, and we’re weeks away from the weather described below, but I love Goodman’s description of gardening in the hot summer sun:

At the end of the morning, when the sun’s force had made it too hot to work anymore, it was time to go. It was hard to leave the garden sometimes — especially later in the summer when things really began to grow. Then sometimes I stayed on foolishly in the heat, working away, once or twice nearly fainting in the furious noon sun. But it was also satisfying to stand back at the edge of the garden and look at the good work [that] I had done, to see how clear the land looked around the plants that had been weeded and how gratifying the freshly turned earth looked around a row of plants. They had been tended.

I would take my pail and shovel and whatever other equipment I had and go back to the car. It was fine, driving back to St. Sebastien after a morning’s work in the garden, my arm muscles throbbing a bit, my face beating from the sun, the window open. I was dirty. I was tired. I was sweaty. I was happy.

~ from French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France by Richard Goodman

* One of the things that I told Landscape Guy when we started working on my garden was that I really wanted to grow arisaema, commonly known as jack-in-the-pulpit. We’ve got a rather nice little colony going in my SouthEast woodland garden, although I think that, in a year or two, I’m going to add a few dozen more. They’re one of my very favorite flowers.

I grow a lot of black flowers and they are notoriously difficult to photograph:


* I garden for many reasons, not the least of which is to feel connected to the vast and mysterious magic going on in my landbase. But, of course, like every gardener, like everyone who’s ever stuck an acorn into a fingerhole or planted a sapling in a suburban yard, I also garden because I believe, mother, Nonna, MiL, teacher, and lawyer that I am, in the future.

As the years went by and age overtook her, there was something comical yet touching in her bedraggled appearance on this awesome occasion — the small, hunched-over figure , her studied absorption in the implausible notion that there would be yet another spring, oblivious to the ending of her own days, which she knew perfectly well was near at hand, sitting there with her detailed chart under those dark skies in the dying October, calmly plotting the resurrection.

~ Onward & Upward in the Garden by E. B. White.

Pictures of jack-in-the-pulpit by the blogger. If you copy, please link back.

Picture found here.

5 responses to “Saturday in the Garden PotPourri

  1. Laundry location … or directly underneath the closets, with a laundry chute connecting the two.

    Fairy plaque – right before one enters the garden.

  2. I adore black flowers. I plant black petunias every year and everyone loves them.

  3. Laundry location–had it on same floor as closets, not the floor I spent my time on. Always forgot it. So now it’s on the main floor. Always trade offs. 🙂

  4. The poem is too beautiful and sad! I can’t imagine not reveling in spring…
    I love gardening, too. Enjoy!

  5. Arisaema triphyllum grows wild in my yard, but I live in a forest 🙂

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