Posts tagged ‘squash’

July 31, 2011

Summer Is Made For Sunflowers

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Sunflowers and Such

This year, I planned on something a little different.  Instead of endless rows of okra and squash, I’ve planned on a cutting garden for the summer.  My objective- save money on my obsession of having fresh flowers throughout the house.   I started the flowers from seed around the first week of June- so cheap, and so easy. Well of course I have the standard tomatoes and peppers, but for the main event in my community garden plot for the summer, I’ve planned an endless supply of color in the form of zinnias, cosmos, cotton, sunflowers, and dahlias.  But alas, there is a hidden cost; I have had to endure, and still am subjected to, the constant heckling of my die hard vegetable growing neighbors for my ornamental sensibilities.  It’s ok, because my garden plot has become an oasis for the bees and butterflies, and am further rewarded with a little sunshine on a stem.

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November 29, 2010

Nap Time

For the avid gardner, the fall and the impending winter are, quite frankly, deflating times of the year. The technicolored fall flurries showcase autumn’s grace, but the reality is that fall means the herbaceous perennials and annuals prepare to slumber- eliciting the inevitable emotion of grief. I am perfectly aware of the the cycle of life and “death.” The falling foliage and perennial remnants decay into the soil creating the environment of a stronger prodigy for the succeeding growing year. But grief remains.

This particular spring and summer were especially brutal for the well intentioned gardner. The heat and drought started early this year. My home garden and community garden plots transitioned from a labor of love into strictly speaking, labor. Despite my good intentions, I lost the cucumber wars; I was squashed by my squash; and I was poo-pooed by my peas. Though the sky has turned grey, this time of year is almost a respite. A brief retreat from the battles of heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. Most garden blogs that I’ve come across expound on the successes of the writer. And quite frankly, expert advice on how to make gardening endeavors a success is worthwhile. But equally worthwhile is sharing the failures. It shows we are not perfect, no matter how hard we try. We all nurture in one way or another, but sometimes we fail to produce the desired effect.

Though fall is upon us, and winter is not far behind, the short lived days and cold nights beg the gardener to rest, reflect, and plan for next year’s battles.