Category: gardening

Melania cultivates her garden

“Let us cultivate our garden.” ― Voltaire, Candide   Melania’s out in the garden; It looks like she’ll prune a few roses. She’s ready to put every chard in Or are these set photo-op poses?  

A screed against the weed (pace Richard Davis)

  Author’s note: The following verse was inspired by “Do you care about your lawn?” by ChicagoNow’s Richard Davis [“Life is a TV dinner”]   There is something in life that I know I don’t need: On my lawn in the spring the ubiquitous weed. But it will come to pass It will sprout in... Read more »

In the garden with Ruth Stout, naturally

  “When she died at ate 96, she was still gardening. For a glimpse of that, watch Arthur Mokin’s 23-minute documentary on YouTube, ‘Ruth Stout’s Garden.’ You see her at 92, planting potatoes she has just brought up from winter storage, with long white sprouts. She rakes away the mulch, tosses them on the ground... Read more »

In Michelle's garden, Trump's a persona non grata

  “On Wednesday afternoon, Michelle Obama lifted a very green, organic middle finger to any unnamed future presidents who might want to fuck with her hard-won White House Kitchen Garden. The garden has been updated with steel, concrete, and stone, ostensibly so that a certain KFC-hoovering troglodyte would have a hard time getting rid of... Read more »

The vernal equinox and I

  It is the first full day of Spring. The days now  grow in length. It’s time to start the gardening. If I can find the strength.

Meditation on the Fall

  Now the  trees shed the  leaves that  forsake them Just as God in His wisdom did make them. But I wish in His plan That He didn’t make man As the one who’d eventually rake them.

Why Spike didn't pass the smell test: a poem for the Weather Girl

  “It’s disappointing that it didn’t open because it’s really quite splendid,” said Chicago Botanic Garden conservation scientist Patrick Herendeen, who narrated the opening to the crowd. “They’re amazing plants. Their flowers are amazing and their odor is amazing. However, this is not unprecedented. It just didn’t perform as expected. But that’s just like our... Read more »

Vignettes of April in my garden

Hyacinths under a Cinderella apple tree
Spring with all its promise is a  gardener’s delight.  ‘April’ is derived from the Latin ‘aperio’= to open. Here are some opening acts in my garden.

My crocus choristers: What a difference a day makes!

Last Saturday I introduced visually and poetically a congregation of crocuses in my garden.  They were a fitting image for the first full day of Spring.   Then Monday arrived and Old Man Winter reasserted his presence.  My crocuses were left out in the snow.  Awaiting the next sunny opportunity to burst out in song.... Read more »

Greeting Spring with a chorus of crocuses

  Author’s note: This morning in my garden I came upon a bunch of crocuses (pictured above). Their beauty took me by surprise.  Breathtaking. Angelic. They seemed to be breaking out in song. And I thought about a boy choir from London that I had seen on Channel 11, Libera.  The 32 boys in the... Read more »