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Yes, it’s January, the month when seed catalogs land in the mailbox.

This is the time of year when verdant visions sustain us for the next few months. Soon I’ll begin planning plantings for my plot.

Then I will start some seeds indoors, and I will dream of bright blooms and snappy peas, while the tiny seeds waken in the warm soil.

I meant to make a little slideshow of my garden plot at the end of the season, but never did.

I did make one today, but photobucket keeps insisting that I've got an invalid image. Sigh. I'll just post single photos, instead.

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This is the community garden plot I inherited.

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This is the garden in mid-season.

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Here it is at harvest time – in all of its ripe riot. It’s a far cry from a well-groomed garden, but then I’m a far cry from a dutiful farmer. I encouraged calendula to cheerfully self-sow and I procrastinated the plucking of weeds. But my family and I enjoyed the bursting of sugary corn kernels and the sweet-tart tang of ground cherries on our tongues. I petted my plump pumpkins before they were purloined. (Yes, someone stole them.)

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Maybe this year I will tend tidy beds and diligently dig out every weed. Or maybe I will stalk the flora and fauna with my camera far more often than with my hand-trowel. I like to grow Scarlet Emperor runner beans purely for the flowers. As you can see, the hummingbirds appreciate them.


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Jan. 28th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Awww...my friend and I were just talking about how we haven't seen hummingbirds in years. And on my end of things, the flower my aunt gave me for Christmas hasn't died yet. Phew.
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Go Mo'!

My garden is cold. I'm waiting for March.

That hummingbird photos is fantastic btw!
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful hummingbird picture!!!!
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
The photo of the hummingbird reminds me of my poem, Hummingbird Cake. (No actual hummingbirds are harmed while making the cake.) ;-D

Here are the two stanzas about the hummingbird the woman sees out her kitchen window:

Out the open window, watching
A hummingbird zips from flower to flower
Wings buzzing, tongue dipping

Black-chinned, emerald coat
She sees its purple throat, where the nectar travels
She has sipped the white columbine, honeyed bliss
Jan. 29th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Oh, pretty, Kelsey! Thank you for sharing.
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh, such pretty pictures! :)
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, how beautiful. I haven't had a garden in years but I do remember the rewards of the beautiful flowers and fresh veggies for dinner. Can't beat the joy of that!
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
That last picture is just STUNNING with the little bird! You could win an award for that. :)
Jan. 29th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! Funny you should mention that - I entered it in our newspaper's annual garden photo contest, and the judges were extravagantly unimpressed. There were about 25 photos that were winners and runners up. Not my hummingbird photo. Haha!

Jan. 29th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
NO WAY! What a bummer.
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Love the photos!

Spring's a comin'...
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Jan. 29th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hi, tgg! Nice to see you.

No, someone stole the pumpkins ... part of the hazards of community gardening. I guess some people figure it means the community is welcome to help themselves!

Can't wait to see your garden photos.
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures as usual, especially the hummingbird. Sorry the evil weenies stole your pumpkins!

I would plant pumpkins if I had a garden. Still trying to figure out what will grow in my flower boxes I think this year I might only plant herbs, as they seem to do well in shallow soil.
Jan. 30th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
If you have a shady spot, you could plant impatiens. They bloom and bloom and bloom all summer long ... all they ask is lots of water, pretty much daily.

And yes, pumpkins are so satisfying to grow! As long as you've got lots of room for them to ramble.
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
No shady spots, well at night it's shady...

So, I think I'll try an herb garden this year and see what happens. Both oregeno and basil seem to do well.

I hope you get to enjoy your pumpkins this year!
Feb. 2nd, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
I moved to a new house in august and it has a garden, so this year will be my first with my very own garden! I can't wait to get started. It already has lots of plants in it, almost too many and part of the work will be to take stuff out and cut back on some plants going wild. But it has nice, oldfashioned stuff in it like roses, lilacs, redcurrants and poplars. The only thing I did last fall was plant crocuses - which came up in January when it was so warm. Now they are covered with a deep layer of snow...
I've never even seen a hummingbird! Amazing to think that you have those! We have crows... Not quite as pretty.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have plenty of crows, too. :-)

I hope you'll post some photos of your garden when it's in bloom. Do you have a very short gardening season?
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's short and quite varied. You can't really plant anything before May, and even May can be tricky some years with night frost. Last fall was very warm so the season continued into September, but that's unusual. Of course, apples and such things can still ripen then.
I'd love to post pictures, I have some of the apple trees from august - if only I could figure out how...
Feb. 2nd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Your garden looks fantastic! My seed catalogs have arrived, too. I love gardening but am a plant-killer, sadly (unintentional, of course).

I drew some gardening cartoons, if you're interested:
Flickr gardening cartoon set
Feb. 11th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
And I love the hummingbird shot!
Feb. 11th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)

Nice to meet you - those are some great cartoons!
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