Thursday, July 12, 2012

Apricot Poppy and Non-Stop Sun


Now that the "sun switch" has been turned on, our suburban vegetable garden has reached a nice state: The plants have come into their own but have not yet gone wild.  Well, that is, all but the flowering phlox.  The phlox (not shown here) is another story.  Phlox is considered a bit of a "thug" plant by perennial gardeners in Oregon because of its rampant spreading tendencies.  It has systematically crowded out our strawberries and is now threatening our few blueberry bushes.  Furthermore, it has paid no attention to our property line and has spread unrestrained into our neighbor's yard.  I have begun an earnest campaign to eradicate it but as my husband pointed out, it will continue to trouble us as it will simply march back across the property line! 

I am almost finished reading Barbara Kingsolver's 2007 book, Vegetable, Animal, Miracle. Even though I have been tuned into the local, organic, sustainable food movement for over ten years, and my husband has faithfully planted and maintained our vegetable gardens for twenty-seven years, I gleaned many new insights from Kingsolver's book, which also features contributions from her biologist husband and her grown daughter. I wouldn't say it is a particularly fast read; rather it moves along at an enjoyably leisurely pace with each chapter reinforcing the tenets set forth in prior chapters. 

While on the subject, I feel compelled to mention, again, the lovely book that Kerstin Svendsen edited, From Orchards, Fields, and Gardens, first appearing on this blog here.  Such a simple, beautiful and moving book. . . . .

Hope this week is treating you well!

And thanks for following!


Kristen Donegan said...

your garden is gorgeous!! and I love that apricot poppy!
Having lots of sun is a nice thing :)

Carole said...

Isn't this sun glorious! We on Vancouver Island have been waiting for it to appear and now it's last!
I read Kingsolver's book a few summers ago while lying in a hammock when the temps were too high to do much else. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Have a great weekend, Gloria!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Is that your garden? Its incredible, looks like a Williamsburg garden/ just perfection. Gorgeous color poppy and I'm in a very orchard sort of mood, so I am going to follow the link you provided.

annamaria said...

What an accomplished gardening couple you and your husband are!It looks fantastic!
Thank you for mentioning Kirsten's book as well. It's such a lovely work of art, really, isn't it?

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Hello All!

So nice to receive your comments! Yes, this is our vegetable garden. My husband really deserves the praise. He is a landscape architect and he redesigned and replanted our entire yard, which among other things, included the purchase (and subsequent sale) of a tractor so that he could personally re-grade the steeply sloped backyard into level terraces. (A summer's worth of evening and weekend tractor work for him.) The vegetable garden sits at the top of the yard, not visible from the house.

Anna, yes, Kirsten's book is lovely . . . and all the more so with the inclusion of your painting!

Cheers to all. :)

Non-Indigenous Woman said...

Your garden is quite stunning. My husband and I are such novices but are in the process of planting 3 long plots in addition to a melon patch and a "Rattlesnake Bean" fence garden. We make art for a while and then take a break and work in the garden. I say that we have "chartreuse thumbs" and are reading fast and furiously about vegetable gardens in the desert. We also joined the CSA and are active with the University Community garden. I will check out Kingsolver's book. Thanks. Kathryn

em said...

gloria, i don't remember seeing photos of your veg beds before, what a sensational space! is that pea pebbles in the paths? wow!