12 May 2017

What does a Gardener DO?

Well, we dig and water and weed and plant – but we also pay attention and try to work with the soil and light conditions.

And we are the most hopeful people you’ll ever meet: we know that something good is always just around the corner.

Right now the gloriously blooming strip along Caton has lost all its colors.

No bright daffodils or tulips now until next spring. But if you look closely…

there’s a patch of ajugas:

and the wild strawberries are in bloom:

A plant I didn’t recognize was growing among the wildflowers at the edge of the lawn. I worried that it would be mowed, so I moved it – and it’s a buttercup!

We also have columbines,  alliums (onions!), lily of the valley and star of Bethlehem:

The daisy fleabane is opening, as are the first irises:

And as the lilacs fade, the viburnum opens:

But gardeners also make choices about what will be permitted to grow. This year I have been pulling out a plant (I don’t know its name) that has a long, deep root and pretty yellow flowers:

Why? Because after the flowers die there will be hundreds of seeds and the stalks will dry up and break off and roll everywhere, scattering those seeds until (if I do nothing) those plants will take over the whole Green. Some plants do that.

Near the fence by the cabin there’s a kind of tall grass that spreads out by running shallow roots underground and sending more grass up. Today I spent a couple of hours digging it out:


What you can’t see in the picture is the haze of purple seedlings coming up: the amaranth that was there last year. I dug out the grass to give the amaranth room. And I also transplanted some black-eyed Susans from the lawn so we can enjoy the flowers. They’re wilted now because plants don’t like being moved, But I think they’ll perk up.   The rest of that strip also needs attention: there’s more grass and seedling trees and other wild things that have to be thinned out.


But a lot of flowers are growing there too. Watch and wait. Pay attention like a gardener.