My yarrow hasn’t died, but it might as well have. There’s a few bits coming up, but not much. It’s really annoying – this yarrow is new, and it replaces the yarrow that kicked the bucket last year. That yarrow had been around for 4 years.I grew that yarrow from seed.
I spent all day in the garden today. Some bits were phutzing, but much of it was just hard work. Digging, pulling, spreading, pruning, cutting. Planting and planing. Tomorrow we are digging up grass and putting in a concrete pad in front of the garage door. This is the stuff I like, good hard work outside.Well, not the concrete, but I like the planting and the weeding and the planning.
At the end of yesterday, I went to the garden centre. The garden centre in the Edmonton area (Holes, for those in the know). It was the strangest experience, to be one of only a few gardeners in the greenhouses – the place was really busy, but there were only a few us, in our grubby clothes, gardening shoes, and dirt under our finger nails. We walk past the petunia’s and pansies, into the perenials. It’s not that we are looking for a particular plant, no we are into cultivar’s now.We know plants on sight, a quick glance tells us all we need to know.
I would not have called myself a gardener – not really. Given the extraordinary evidence to the contrary, that’s a stupid thing to say. But, I wouldn’t have called myself a gardener – just someone who had a garden(s). Gardeners had some mystique. They knew things. Like when to plant and what the weeds look like and how to treat bug infestations. Gardeners know when water and how to get things to grow.
Yet, walking around, dirty, reeling plant names off by sight, I realized something. When I stopped the woman and said “That won’t grow quickly. Why don’t you get this, instead?” – it occurred to me, I’m not merely overly willing to give my opinion, I actually have advice. I can look at plants and tell you where they grow, without reading the notes. I know common and latin names. This garden thing, I’ve picked it up.
(Garden pictures later in the week. When the concrete cures. And the veggie garden is planted. And the compost dealt with.)