AN INDEPENDENT GARDEN

It was a rough winter, but for me, it’s been a difficult spring. Half of March and pretty much all of April just went missing while I was having surgery, in the hospital, then home recovering. Meanwhile, the garden’s been on its own.

wild garden may 2014

Not as many flowers as usual. To no one’s surprise, the weeds and wildflowers have taken over. I’m in no condition to tend the garden — so this year, it gets to do its own thing. Express itself.

It’s a free garden, unfettered by human interference. Some would call it a mess. I call it independent.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

25 thoughts on “AN INDEPENDENT GARDEN”

  1. Excellent distinction with regard to your garden, Marilyn, and hugs to you. I am just so pleased that you are still here to notice the state of the garden, the slow arrival of spring and all the rest of it. xxx

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    1. It looks pretty scruffy and if no one tends to it, it’s just going to get worse. But there’s nothing I can do about it, so I just take pictures. When you can’t, you can’t. I need my coffee!

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  2. HI Marilyn,
    My garden is looking pretty sad too. I bought some hydrangea and haven’t had the time to plant them. Besides it hasn’t been warm enough. I guess all things take time. I’m sure you must be feeling better too.
    Leslie

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      1. I guess we just have to be patient. This is our 24th of May weekend and there has been threat of frost some nights. Next Saturday is actually the 24th. So I’ll wait until then before putting out tomatoes and other things.
        Leslie

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        1. The weather has been downright weird. Snow in Chicago in the middle of May? Geez. I think the winter killed all my climbing roses. They all look dead. How come the winter never kills the blackberry brambles or bindweed?

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          1. Life’s like that. The brambles and the bindweed are pretty tough. I’ll tell you last winter nearly killed me. I’ve had enough.
            Leslie

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  3. I like that take on it…independent garden. My houseplants are now outside, and I’m horrible about watering, so they have also become independent. Will be interesting to see how many I inadvertently kill off this year!

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  4. Can I join the garden club? Dandelions and lot of native ‘unidentifyable’ species are popping up everywhere… Guess it’s just and INDEPENDENT YEAR! Thoughts and prayers heading your way each day! XO

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    1. Absolutely! We should form the UnGarden Club. Take lots of pictures of weird choking vines, spiky weeds, and of course, pink-eyed grass, dandelions, ragweed (achoo!), various creeping things. If we just think of them of the product of our special gardens, we’ll have a lot less work to do. That stuff will survive anything — ice, drought, bugs. Undaunted and perennial!

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            1. I’m going to take some pictures. I’ve got some really creepy stuff growing there … not to mention some blackberry brambles with lethal thorns. It’s too early for the ragweed, but it’ll come. It always does 😉

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  5. Man, I wish we were rich. I’d love to get my hands on that garden of yours. You could watch from the shade and have ice tea for us 🙂 Miss you. I have been negligent about WP reader friends.
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