Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

Randy, have you noticed how old things hold our attention and offer a bit of stability in an unstable world, even if the porch boards rot away, the stairs cave in, and cracks appear in the walls? 

We spent the months of May and June clearing out my home of 42 years. I was chased out of the house because I wanted to keep everything; so, I spent my time in the garden clearing out the overgrowth from years of neglect because of my health problems. Those inside ask me about some old thing and I say, "It was Grandma Whiteheads stirring spoon she used when boiling clothes on the wood stove," or something like that. The family chooses to put the old things in the "keep" pile. 

We made trip after trip to the dump, many to Goodwill and other such places, and truckloads of trimmings from my garden went to recycle. 

We hope to have the house on the market by July 1. The floors sag, the house still dances with the changes from winter to summer and back again and the house goes "as it is." 

Comment by Randall Smith 18 hours ago

Spud, I'm not sure exactly why vegetable farms can't get crop insurance. Perhaps it's too expensive. Maybe it's because they aren't subsidized like most major crops (farmers).

As for my porch, you should see it up close! It's cracked, falling apart (there's a "fruit cellar" beneath it), and needs cleaning (power washed). Joan, out of the picture is a swing to the right. The glider came from my grandparents--very old. You're right, I should sit out there more often. The chipmunks enjoy playing on it!

Beautiful flowers, Daniel!

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Randy, your porch is beautiful and a nice place to sit with a fresh brew of coffee and whatever appeals to your taste buds. A lovely meditation spot. 

Comment by Patricia yesterday

I can almost smell them......so pretty!

Comment by Loam Gnome yesterday

A few flowers around the yard.  Finally starting to get caught up on mowing so I can stop and smell the flowers;

Plus some flowers on a chestnut tree.  Most of the flowers are male.  That might be due to the youth of this tree.

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Beautiful porch by the way.  How much time does it take to water all those flowers?

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Randy, why can't they be insured?

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

"It's about 4 years from planting the (milkweed) seeds." What does that mean, Daniel, oops, Loam?

A little clarification: my house is separate from my farm (5 miles). I've lived here for 41 years (107 yr old house). The farm land has been in my family for 154 years (now 120 acres).

We received 4" of rain in 24 hours, flooding fields and basements. My raspberries took a major hit being pelted with large raindrops. But that's nothing compared to the damage done on the organic vegetable plants at the farm. Hopefully, they'll recover. Unlike soybean and corn fields, they can't be insured.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Wednesday

Joan, good luck with those flower seeds!  I hope you will keep us posted!

The cleome, bachelors' buttons, and cosmos have not germinated yet, but it's only a few days.  With weather in the 90s, they may not grow.  Also true for the last sweet corn that I planted.  Watering daily.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Wednesday

Joan, thank you for the reminder about dead heading.  I have some roses that need it now.  The daylilies have only just begun to bloom.  This year, I want to taste-test to see which daylily flowers taste better.  Last year, I sometimes just broke off flowers and munched them.  They are mild, crunchy, juicy.  Good in a salad.

Randy, you have a great looking front porch.  I'm very impressed that your home has been in your family for so many generations.  Reading about your raspberries, I checked my blackberries.  Some are starting to turn red now.  I did eat a handful of mulberries today.  We picked 5# of sweet cherrires, and enough tart cherries for a pie.

A milkweed plant.  These flowers are very fragrant.  It's about 4 years from planting the seeds.

Geraniums.  I keep them dry for the winter, in the garage, then start them up again in Spring.  Each year, they get bigger and more lush.  There is a Four O'clock plant among the geraniums.  I think it's from a 2 or 3 year old root.

The tallest of the chestnut trees, planted winter 2016.  This one bloomed, but only one flower was female.  Another chestnut also bloomed, so I placed its male flower up against the female on this tree.  Who knows if a chestnut will result.


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