When you leave your garden for 6 weeks some things die and some things flourish. The sprinklers are on a timer but still, I’m out there everyday weeding, pruning andÂ hand watering those hard to get areas. There’s a great book by Elsa Beskow called Christopher’s Harvest Time where a boy is miniaturized and taken around his garden where he meets all of his fruiting plants and vegetables.
Upon our return from vacation, as I was weeding and trimming I discovered what was left of our harvest. Stragglers and rogues growing untouched for weeks.
It’s curious how neglect often results in breakage. But in nature the opposite is often the case.
I love the word kudzu. It brings to mind images of nature gone wild. Vines climbing up tall buildings strangling anything in their path. J.G. Ballard, Ray Bradbury, Karl Edward Wagner and Sara Teasdale are some of my favorite writers who use this kind of imagery. There’s a true beauty in the chaos of nature.