Next time you’re out weeding, let these lines roll around in your head:
“[Weeds] would not be without their use, if they were good for nothing else but to exercise the Industry of Man to weed them out who, had he nothing to struggle with, the fire of his spirit would be half extinguished in the Flesh.”
William Coles Adam in Eden, or Nature’s Paradise (1657)
“I weed, therefore I am.”
See. You thought you were just out removing some worthless crabgrass but actually you are saving your soul!!!! Without garlic mustard and nutsedge appearing in your perennial beds to challenge your human spirit, you would slowly deteriorate into an empty shell, a big, purposeless blob of Homo sapiens.
That’s cool and all, but I’m thinking my personal weeding style is more postmodern with a twist of absurdist. Let me go check out what Beckett or Camus had to say about this weeding business.
I’ve been cool with the young bunny that lives in my yard…until yesterday, when I discovered that he’d chewed my brand new, adorable little southeastern native wildflowerMarshallia graminifoliadown to a nub!!!!
You tell me which is cuter: the Marshallia or the gluttonous herbivore that feeds mercilessly upon it. There is no contest!
Albrecht Durer’s “The Large Piece of Turf” features a chunk of soil and weeds that could just as easily have been dug up from the vacant lot down the street from me (here in 2012) as from the German meadow that likely inspired Durer hundreds of years ago.
Do you garden under a Black Walnut tree? Have you searched the internet seeking lists of species that grow under Black Walnuts only to discover that the lists are sometimes contradictory, or that (even worse) they are waaaaay too short to satisfy your jonesing for plants?
Is your Black Walnut tree interfering with your gardening pleasure, making you irritable, or adversely affecting your overall life enjoyment quotient?
Have you cut down a Black Walnut tree or had thoughts of cutting one down?
My husband and I moved into our house in Burke, VA (Zone 7a) early in 2003 and immediately got to work on “letting the yard go” for about, oh, 4 years or so. I’m sure the neighborhood was horrified by our neglect, as I know you will be when you see the “before” pictures. Continue reading →