Category Gardening

Inch by Inch

When I was in second grade, we had a time in music class where we learned a lot of folk songs.  My favorite was called “The Garden Song.”  I remember taking the photocopied lyrics home, and setting the paper on our piano.  I would look at it from time to time and hum the melody […]


There is a house in my neighborhood that has an entire front yard full of marigolds.  When I think of marigolds, I think of growing seeds in styrofoam cups for elementary school experiments.  I think of Monsoon Wedding, and Dubey, the character who is always eating them.  I think of the play, The Effect of […]

On the Sides

Fall is almost here, and even though it’s still hot and dry in Portland, the nights are cooler, and the chill in the air brings me hope.  I love autumn.  For me, it is the season of possibilities.  In the garden, it’s the time for planting bulbs that you won’t see for the next six […]

Ah Sunflower!

My freshman year of college, I took a general survey course of English literature.  First semester, we went over Beowulf and Chaucer and that sort of thing, through the Renaissance.  In the second semester, we got to the Romantics.  When I was assigned Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake, I naturally assumed the poem “Ah […]

Grow. Cook. Write.

Grow. Almost two years ago, my husband and I bought our first house.  After six years of living in an apartment with a cat who will eat anything green (seriously – basil in the windowsill, daisies in a vase, none of them stand a chance), we were ready to start gardening. The first thing that […]

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