If it weren’t for some annuals and a few dahlias, the perennial gardens would be bloomless right now. And considering the snow which batted our heads when we loaded up the car this morning, I am wondering how long their tenure will be. The veg garden has a few blooms yet, and it is here one can still hear the buzz of bees, trying hard to wrest a bit of nourishment from a drowsy landscape. Ah me. If it weren’t for the wonderful quality of light in October and November, that slanted light highlighting browns of all shades, I would really be a sad gardener.
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Wisdom from the sage
"We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it."
--from an essay in "The Long-Legged House"
"The word agriculture, after all, does not mean "agriscience," much less "agribusiness." It means "cultivation of land." And cultivation is at the root of the sense both of culture and of cult. The ideas of tillage and worship are thus joined in culture. And these words all come from an Indo-European root meaning both "to revolve" and "to dwell." To live, to survive on the earth, to care for the soil, and to worship, all are bound at the root to the idea of a cycle. It is only by understanding the cultural complexity and largeness of the concept of agriculture that we can see the threatening diminishments implied by the term "agribusiness."
"Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating."
--both the above are from essays in "The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays"
Is this so hard to believe?
"An atheist is just somebody who feels about Yahweh the way any decent Christian feels about Thor, or Ba'al, or The Golden Calf. As has been said before, we are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further," Richard Dawkins, 2002.
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We haven’t had any snow here yet, but I’ve already shelved my gardening ambitions for next year.
All we have left for flowers are calendula and purple asters. Maybe a stray bit of salvia, too. And lots and lots of weeds.
Liz, I’d prefer the slow spindown to winter that you’re experiencing than this appetizer of snow, rain, snow. I can’t even dry out all those beans! And don’t get me started about the popcorn. Will it ever dry out? I have no idea.
Good news, I suppose, is it is predicted to be a much milder winter than usual. But why so early, I ask.