“The Garden” by Andrew Marvell

How vainly men themselves amaze
To win the Palm, the Oke, or Bayes ;
And their uncessant Labors see
Crown’d from some single Herb or Tree,
Whose short and narrow-vergèd Shade
Does prudently their Toyles upbraid ;
While all the Flow’rs and Trees do close
To weave the Garlands of repose. Continue reading ““The Garden” by Andrew Marvell”

What’s really wild

A little over four and a half years ago my family moved from Payson City in Utah County to a new home at the desert’s edge in San Juan County, Utah.   Living on the Colorado Plateau has been something of a dream come true. Besides reintroducing me to a more natural (for me) environment, living here helps me cope with the pressures of caring for a high maintenance, special needs child.   Even on days when I can’t leave the yard I can walk out on the rickety second-story porch and see the trunk of a rainbow standing only a few hundred feet away or  take in  the silky ripple of cloud shadow and sunshine across the pinyon-juniper forest stretching miles to the south.   Thunderstorms in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and southeast Utah ring and electrify our kiva-roof sky.   At night, a very good view of the Milky Way’s spiraling embrace and the ceaseless anthesis and waning of moonlight keep imagination astir nearly until the moment I fall asleep. Continue reading “What’s really wild”

Making things grow

Gardening season has arrived, and nurseries and seed companies report a  financial  bumper crop this year as more people than usual put in yard gardens.   In the e-mail newsletter Johnny’s Selected Seeds sent out at the beginning of the May, Joann Matuzas accounts for this seed-change saying, €œThe uncertainty of the economy definitely has prompted more people to put in vegetable gardens this year. €

The Pinetree Garden Seeds website, on the other hand, acknowledges that the reasons people have for sweating up their brows a bit more than they have been are more complex.   Any financial downturn, personal, nationwide, or worldwide, might well prompt such a change.   But quavering in the safety and quality control  of produce sold in U.S. markets has also likely provided impetus for the rise in self-reliance.   This year’s jag upward in garden seed and plant sales reflects increased desire to control the quality of food flowing in to the household as well as a greater need to more carefully direct the stream of financial resources flowing out. Continue reading “Making things grow”