Our gardening forebears meant watermelon to be the juicy, barefoot taste of a hot summer's end, just as a pumpkin is the trademark fruit of late October. Most of us accept the latter, and limit our jack-o'-latern activities to the proper botanical season. Waiting for a watermelon is harder. It's tempting to reach for melons,
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude. Marcel Proust The smoke outside from the forest fires is brutal—the worst of the summer so far. I will venture out at some point to water the garden and harvest some vegetables; it will be a quick, and less than enjoyable, task.
It is the still, yellow kind of afternoon when one is apt to get stuck in a dream if one sits very quiet. Dodie Smith I look forward to a run of still, yellow August afternoons. My weary body tells me it is in need of rest by manifesting symptoms that need attention. My mind
When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden. Minnie Aumonier We head to the garden to water after supper. I’m tired, having spent most of the day on my feet in the kitchen canning tomato soup. It’s a simple process, but it seems to take so long by the
Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson I start making rookie mistakes with the lemon garlic green beans and decide that I’ve done enough for one day. I’ve picked beans, washed canning jars, and transformed twenty-five pounds of field tomatoes into jars of tomato soup that will
Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realised. Allan Armitage We wake to smoky skies in the midst of another record-breaking heat wave. It’s not smoky enough to keep me indoors and, after an appointment in town and a couple of other
Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. Donald A. Norberg I go to the garden early, before the heat of the day makes it uncomfortable to work there. I go alone, because I want to do another careful and concentrated harvest of green