Lunchtime Reading

"People like gardening because it differs from the "efficiency" of modern life.  People like to dig, and they like to dig with the same spade or fork that their predecessors used a thousand years before them. They like to tie up grapevines.  They like to prune great climbing roses.  They like to stake lilies.  I... Continue Reading →

Keep Writing, Keep Digging, Mr. Merwin

Yesterday the Library of Congress announced Natasha Tretheway, a Pulitzer-prize winner and professor at Emory University, as the new poet laureate.  I'm not familiar with her writing, but I like that she is from the South and that she is very young for a poet laureate.  I will check out her poems soon. Meanwhile, I wanted to share... Continue Reading →

Literary Gardeners: Mayella Ewell and Maudie Atkinson

This weekend my son accompanied me to the garden center and wanted to choose his "very own" little pot of flowers.  I let him browse around the annuals section and take his pick.  He chose this: It will look cheerful out on our sunny back patio, but honestly, I cannot look at a red geranium without... Continue Reading →

Annie Dillard and the Polyphemus Moth

A couple of weeks ago I re-read Annie Dillard's story of the Polyphemus moth in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.   This little story also appears in Dillard's An American Childhood, and  it is a beautiful and gut-wrenching bit of memoir.  Dillard has said that this encounter with the Polyphemus moth when she was a young child changed her life.   I can understand why.  Even... Continue Reading →

Literature’s Gardeners: Friar Lawrence

Okay, bear with me here.  As you may have gathered, my geekiness extends to the world of literature as well as to gardening;  so when the two are combined – when gardens are featured in great literature or when gardeners write great essays – I am immersed in a perfect storm of horticultural-literary geekiness.  I... Continue Reading →

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