Monday, September 7, 2009

#1 Reason why I garden


(This entry was originally posted 9/7 and this update to it is posted on 9/15:

Amy over at Tales of a Transplanted Gardener (a great blog, BTW), tagged me with a Meme award (see her comment to the original post). Thank you, Amy, for your thoughtfulness. And while this initial post actually revealed 7 things about myself (before tagged and asked to do so), I must respectfully decline the award. Why?

Here, then, is a bonus revelation about myself: I'm writing this blog not for personal accolades, but to, in some small part, encourage awareness of the plight of native bees, pollinators and other garden critters. My goal is to write entries that are informative and (I hope) entertaining. (Stick around for the jokes...;-D)

Sometimes a bit of information about animals or insects allows us to see them in a new light, as part of a bigger process. Sometimes just a few *tweeks* in our gardens can result in a big difference in the life of some beleaguered (or beloved) creature.

So, thanks again, Amy. If anything, you and the other readers of this blog (and comments) are all the reward I could hope to get out of this project. Thank you all....)


It's not because I can be outside all hours of the day, all days of the year. I'm continually drawn to the open air and sunshine, so, sure, this is one of the reasons I garden.

Also I'm an 'antsy' sort of person and don't enjoy just sitting down when I could be walking around and futzing at something. Gardens make a good target for futzing. So that's another reason why I garden.

It's not because I feel good about providing forage for all kinds of creatures (some common, some in trouble): bees, butterflies, moths, skippers, hummingbirds, wasps, birds, nectar flies, preying mantises, toads, squirrels, hawks.... The list is getting pretty long. :-D And it is one of the reasons I garden.

It's not because I can grow tasty, organic fruits and vegetables - especially varieties that (thankfully) don't ship well, thus making them a real treat when they are available. So that is one of the reasons.

It's not because I can meet and share gardening plants and process with other folks who enjoy the same passion for creating beauty using plants. But this is certainly one of the reasons.

And it's not because I can renew my relationship with Nature, the Earth and the Cosmos through the daily dance between myself and other living things that grow or visit my gardens. But boy, that is way up on the reason list.

No. My very BEST reason I garden is because of things like this:

Yes, it's a nice apricot colored daylily. Not much excitement there. I had these at my old house for 5 years and brought them here to this house 7 years ago. They are lovely and dependable bloomers, usually between July 4th and the end of the month. They did that this year, just like the plum daylillies. Then they all died down and the leaves browned. I enjoyed them in their turn, then moved on to other plants that now needed to be tended. If I thought of the daylillies at all it was to envision them next year in their new digs behind the privacy fence.

But imagine my surprise this morning when, sipping my coffee on the deck, I looked out and saw an unexpected pop of color in the Arbor garden. Wha...? I jumped up to investigate, not even bothering to get out of my slippers and into garden clogs due to the heavy dew. Wet feet be damned, I just HAD to see what this was!

And there it was. A full stalk of 6-8 apricot buds, 2 of them wide open to the grey Labor Day morning. Just blooming away as if it was no big deal.

So THIS is the BEST reason I garden. The constant SURPRISE of a garden.

If my hobby was stamp collecting or knitting or sculpting or collecting something the one thing you could COUNT on is that however you LEFT things at the end of the day, it would surely be the SAME way when you came back to it. The 3 cent stamps would still be 3 cents, the sleeve would still be the same length, the sculpture would have just as many arms as you expected and your collection of something would not have changed. But in GARDENING you just don't know WHAT's gonna happen when you're not looking.

And most of the time -- to our knowledge or to our senses -- there is not always a good explanation as to WHY some things happen. All I know is how much I LOVE surprises and take huge delight when they DO happen. :-D


  1. Kris, you said it all so well! Thank you.
    I'm learning to appreciate garden surprises more as I enjoy your blog. You're a great teacher to me, in every way.

  2. Xa Huan - thanks for your kind words.

    I truly don't 'know' all that much and am a student of gardening as most others. But when I find something new or interesting in the garden my curiosity makes me want to learn more. I'm glad you find my posts helpful and, hopefully, entertaining! I love to learn new things - it keeps the brain young! :-D

  3. Those surprises are also what gets me out in my garden every day and over to the neighbor's garden to see "what is happening today".

    Well said.

    Bobbie mnwsgal

  4. I am passing a Meme Award on to you. Thanks for sharing your garden!


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