Thursday, May 21, 2009

greer's garden


I know it is odd for an urbanite such as myself to be so hopelessly obsessed with dirt. Without a patch of my own to till, I have been cyberstalking my friend Greer's garden. Between writing her dissertation, and whipping off exhibition reviews, she has created her own personal Eden. When she moved into her house several years ago, the only thing in the backyard was a grapevine. Now it brims with lilacs, peonies and lush green ferns. Since early April I have been watching as little seedlings have transformed under her green thumb into a myriad of tomato, eggplant and basil plants, most of which were recently transferred to a wonderful new vegetable container.

Greer confesses to being jealous of her neighbors' well-tended, mature gardens. But personally, I am inspired by her joy in nurturing a fledgling garden. I love getting excited updates on the basil plants, hearing her worry over night-time temperatures and marauding squirrels, and watching as she meticulously records each new growth with her camera.

I think we will have to check back periodically to see what Greer does with all this bounty (I have heard rumors of her culinary skills!).

(top: basil seedlings; bottom: mesclun)

6 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I want a little garden so bad!! I can't keep things alive inside...but i have high hopes for a real outdoor garden!

Style Court said...

Janet -- thanks for sharing. I stop by all the time and smile, even when I don't leave a comment :)

little augury said...

There is nothing- Nothing more meaningful for Me than planting that little seed or plant and seeing it year after year maturing. Much like it must be with children- alas no seedlings here. Dirt is Therapy. a beautiful post. G

Gretchen said...

How wonderful! I love Greer's vegetable box and hope those squirrels know what's good for them and stay away.

glp said...

I just got in from watering and the zucchini plant is enormous! In (very premature) preparation for an eventual harvest, I excitedly pulled out a recipe for zucchini and lemon marmalade tarts I learned in Italy. This, I promise I will share!

Janet said...

Oooooh, Greer, my mouth is watering already! Let me know when you are cooking.