Friday, September 20, 2013

Beauty in the Garden 1 - removing the weeds

I have gardened eight straight days and 16 of the last 18. Much of that time was spent removing weeds. Mostly from the backyard and from the dreaded brick patio and path leading to the garage. I am not done, but I enjoy weeding. Being on my hands and knees removing what I don't desire. The truth is, I will never be done. Gardening is about perseverance. Any of the world's great gardens, would not be so great without perseverance.

In the spring of 2008, I was coming off my best year of gardening. 2007 was a year of persevering. What happened? This and that. A new hobby turning into a new business turning into a true passion for glass.

But I like to weed. To be close to the garden. To watch bees being fed. To sit on the porch and take a break. To say hello to my two closest neighbors an to many more who walk past my house.

There are times I have wondered why I removed all the grass. The answer is beauty. This week my commute to work has started by being greeted by goldfinches feasting upon coneflower seeds in my front yard.



  1. every garden needs a gardener.
    i like the fact that you are available to who is passing by.

  2. I'll bet you're sore, but it's a good sore. I know the feeling. Sounds like the weeds are under control at your place. Mine are gaining ground.

  3. Gardens really are a labor of love.

  4. I love weeding! There are times when I feel a temptation to pull the weeds along other people's fences when I go for a walk. It's especially satisfying if I can manage to pull up the roots. I'm sure there's some kind of psychological thing going on there but I don't really want dig that deeply!


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