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Carving out nature: a practical woodland approach to gardening
Day 274

     Why are we so enthusiastically addicted to petunias?  And geraniums?  And gladioli?  And all things floral and screamingly colorful, easy to grow, which announce “I am here; I am planted: I have conquered my space with a little help from MiracleGro?  Asked and answered.  Asked and answered.  Make a splash, pull out the stops, damn the hanging baskets, full speed ahead.  Smother that bland green.  Gain control of your surroundings in an insecure world. 

    I am here, gentle reader, to suggest to you that such need not be the case.  Why is she writing in such a Brontean, Victorian style, you may ask.  Because the concepts I am about to introduce were first beloved in that era of unassuming quiet when the mere rustle of chocolate-brown taffeta conjured notions of romance and the sparseness of the moors and a happy meadow of buttercups contrasted with the richness of a cultured rosegarden whose colors whispered against greenery.  We try too hard to make a floral impression, we of the plastic surgery, multi-hundred dollar jeans generations.  And the results are unnecessarily discordant, expensive and time-consuming. 

     Give yourself time to listen to the breeze and the birds, sit back in a non-designer rocker on a non-architected porch, and invest your horticultural dollars in the books stacked invitingly beside you.  Work with nature, not against her, because, in case you are too stupid to have learned this --- nature always wins.

To be continued…

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Nature always wins....

Yes - I live my life by those three words Mara hence my love of the dandelion and the buttercup and the horseslip and the gorse and the bog cotton and the tiny tiny delph blue flowers I saw on my walk across the bog last evening. Honestly, you got me going here. Gotta go, I have stupidly convinced myself that I can paint my office (the kitchen). What was I thinking?! m

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Common ground

So much in common, Mother Nature, you and I, Mary.  You of course plant your lovely lettuces and other toothsome goodies, while I never plant, I only reveal or allow.  It gives me a great sense of ‘lady largesse’ to chose which is to live, which to be eradicated.  I will be adding more content myself, but must go to ‘carve out nature’ before the blackflies arrive. Thanks for reading.  M

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'Lady largesse' - love it -

'Lady largesse' - love it - watch out for the blackflies though - they can scavenge and devour you before you know what's happening! Keep carving. mx

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As my carving tool of

As my carving tool of choice, the trusty weedwhacker, electric model, which is quieter than the gas-powered versions, but has less range.  The puppy barks even louder.  Great fun in the woods. M x

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DAY 274

So beautiful.

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Believe it or not, Sue, every one of the 365 drawings, paintings, collages and sketches in my door project is sized and dated and named.  How’s that for organization?  Meanwhile, I can’t find a clean spoon!  Day 274 is a watercolor entitled ‘Spring Woods’ dated 5/31. 

 Thanks for the appreciation.