Monday, July 11, 2005
"The temperment that makes up all serious gardeners must have a large component of melancholy. For however glorious the garden's display might be, the true gardener seems always to look behind with regret at what has passed and ahead with longing at what is to come. To be squarely anchored in the moment, to savor just what lies before one and want nothing more--this must be a great bliss for those who possess the ability. Certainly it is true, even for the most brooding of gardeners, that the conjunction of a perfect day, a good stint at weeding and perhaps some unlooked-for success with a difficult plant can make one feel, for a little time, that the garden is, just as it is, enough."
From "July" by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd. Circa 1999.