Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Gardening


is for Gardening.

I like having a garden.

I like thinking about gardening. I picture myself in cute cut-off shorts and a wide-brimmed hat, lovingly trimming plants and plucking off yellow leaves. I look very cute in my head when I'm gardening.

I love the idea of cutting flowers from the garden to decorate the house.


Confession: I didn't actually grow these. But I did snip off the ends and put them in a vase.

I especially like to imagine myself cooking an entire meal from plants that I grew myself.


When I'm done imaginary gardening, I sip a glass of (freshly squeezed) imaginary lemonade and survey my green, lush kingdom.


Imaginary gardening is all so effortless. I love being an imaginary gardener.

In reality, though, I'm not so good at the whole "work on it every day and keep it free of weeds" thing. In my last house, the thistles towered over me like enchanted things. I honestly think that little kids hid behind the trees to watch my house and dare each other to knock on the door.


I've asked JP to build me a raised garden this summer. I picture a perimetre of raised beds around stone slats, with a bistro set in the middle. Mostly, I picture myself sitting at the bistro table, sipping a glass of fresh iced tea with frozen berries bobbing in it.

Do thistles grow in flower boxes?

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A Clay Baboons Alphablog: 26 Things That Annoy Me, Confuse Me, Creep Me Out, or Otherwise Make My Life More Difficult.

47 comments:

  1. I am trying to be an eco-warrior this year and grow lots of stuff to eat. But it is hard work and it all keeps coming up as healthy food. It is not easy to grow your own junk food........ NOT FAIR

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    1. You could always just deep-fry everything...

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  2. What a great G topic! I thought about doing gardening for my post today but I do believe you did more justice to the topic than I ever could :).

    Being someone with major allergy issues, I'm not a fan of actually doing the gardening per say, however I will gladly eat what comes out of one ;). We are going to be planting our first big vegetable garden soon (or I should say the husband will be doing the planting) and I can't wait!

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    1. I can't wait either. Until it's actually time to do it, and then I realize...hey! I CAN wait!

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  3. I am the WorST.. the amount of money we throw away every year, while I PRETEND to be able to grow something.. HA

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  4. I love outdoor gardening, but never ever look cute doing it. Mostly, the next day I just look sunburned and in need of a manicure.
    Great post!

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  5. Yes thistles can grow in garden boxes...nasty stuff apparently can grow EVERYWHERE!!!

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  6. I have a wonderful imaginary garden too...and we (I say "we" loosely as I did approximately none of the work) had a great garden in real life last year too... I'm getting nervous that this year I'm going to be found out and somebody is going to make me actually Work on the garden instead of just take pictures of it!

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  7. Right now our garden is a big patch of chickweed with random volunteer broccoli, bok choy, and weird hybrids fighting to not get choked out. I've been slowly cutting back last year's growth in our flower beds, but my arms hurt from all the clipping. Mostly, I like things that grow back year after year because it's a lot less work.

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  8. My gardening clothes are not becoming in the least. I may have been blessed with superhuman intelligence, but not with the accompanying ability to look normal in shorts and tube socks.

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  9. Those vegetables look awesome!

    Also, every time I tried to start a garden, it failed. The irony? The flower seeds I planted last year started growing in the flower bed this year. Then somebody weed-whacked them.

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    1. Hahaha! My father-in-law cut down all of my raspberry bushes...the only thing that I ever managed to grow.

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  10. i think you should buy a coffee table book of pretty flowers and lush gardens...then sit outside with the wide-brimmed hat, cute sunglasses and a cool beverage. that's the ticket!
    i cannot tell weeds from plants. :/

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    1. Or wallpaper! I'll wallpaper a room to look like a garden, and then add some fake plants.

      But then I'll have to dust. Sigh.

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  11. Aw love your clay vegetables! Very nice

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  12. Sipping iced tea while your lawn boy tends to the garden?

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  13. I'm totally lost. Why is everybody doing the alphabet? Sheesh. This'll teach me not to go on vacation.....

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    1. The A-Z Challenge was issued at this site. You blog based on a letter every day except Sunday for the entire month.

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  14. My mother insists gadening is in my blood and that I will never be able to resist the lure once I start. I think she's crazy. There's bugs in gardens! BUGS. I will never be a gardener for this one fact alone. As my mother, she should recognize this fact and accept that gardening skips a generation.

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    1. And I completely second this. My mum would be in the garden day and night if she could be. I have two flower boxes the length of our balcony, and ever since we moved in two years ago I've promised myself I'm going to plant flowers and herbs and generally make them look good. Then I think about what might crawl out at me if I try, so they're still sat there empty.

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    2. I don't mind the bugs! I actually like bugs. (What? I do.) I just don't like weeding. Bah.

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  15. I have never been good at gardening or keeping any plants alive. I have only succeeded once with a flower, but I had a gardening friend dropping by every few days. She did most of the work.

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  16. My backyard sadly can only grow weeds and crabgrass.

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  17. My entire yard is dirt. My yard has issues.

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  18. I'm not much of a gardener either. That's why I'm looking forward to New Mexico. No grass to mow and I can put anything I want to grow in pots and set them decoratively around the place. That's my kind of "gardening." Happy Easter, Stephanie!

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    1. That's what I'm actually thinking of doing this year...a few big pots for tomatoes, and then JP will build me some benches that we'll put flower boxes on. We'll see!

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  19. Cute blog! I used to garden a lot. Not so much now. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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  20. I have a number of "fantasy activities" (ie, things that I think I would be excellent at despite not willing to learn how to do them or devote any time to them...). I could see gardening being one of them. In reality...I have a bit of a black thumb!

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  21. I don't think cooking that cabbage you "made" would be a very good idea.

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  22. I tend to have a bit of a green thumb (somewhere), but the weather often works against my favor. Last year, I tried to grow some French pickles, aka, cornichons, and the poor plants either drowned from the week-long rainstorms or sizzled under the sun. :P

    Oh, and Joyeuses Pâques!

    -Barb the French Bean

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  23. My mum and dad take pride in our garden. Sometimes I think they love it more than they love me! Great post as usual x

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  24. Imaginary gardening! What a fabulous and energy-saving idea. I will try it.

    Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge. Hope you'll visit me, too.

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  25. Oh, gardening...first, I do not look cute in my gardening clothes. I generally look rather like a homeless person. I like gardening for the first 5 minutes of the year when I put the seeds into soil or planters. I like to see the seedlings come up. Then, I feel like my work is done, and someone who cares should take over.

    I do like homegrown tomatoes though. And then I get more than I can eat, so I have to put them in my dehydrator and make "sun-dried" tomatoes. It's just too much work. I'd rather sit on the deck and read...

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    1. Homeless chic. It's a thing. I'm sure you look very cute.

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  26. Clay "you" is very summery- I love it!

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  27. I love the contrast between how you (and we all) picture ourselves/aspire to be and well how we are. There's a lot of "sipping" in your imaginary gardening. Maybe you should cut to the iced tea or lemonade and at last live out one part of the fantasy.

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    1. I think you're right. I don't want to garden. I just want lemonade.

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  28. HA!!! Stupid thistles. Stupid weeds. Imaginary gardens are so much less work than the real things. And I have fallen immediately in love with your clay art. Gorgeous!

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    1. I'm good at all sorts of imaginary things! It's a talent.

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  29. Sorry I'm late for the party- I intended to so some blog catching up this weekend and spent pretty much the whole time playing games on Andrea's iPad. Blah.

    But you are starting to scare me. Only because I'm seeing how many things we have in common. Gardening has always been one of my "road to hell is paved with good intentions" hobbies. I always start out so well.. planting seeds. Nurturing the little seedlings. Watering. Weeding.
    And then I get bored and in two weeks I have a patio that looks like a wild rain forest. Sigh.

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  30. Great clay veggies! Someday I hope to have the space to even have a small garden. I love fresh plants and flowers.

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  31. I have a picture of our backyard the summer we moved in. It has never looked like that since. My grandmother was a fantastic gardener. I got her name, but not her green thumb.

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  32. We're definitely on the same wavelength gardening-wise, Stephanie. The photo of all your flowers at your last house is lovely...I can't identify the weeds in it!

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  33. I WISH I liked the idea of gardening. I do like flowers, but have no desire to actually make things happen. Hmm, I think I'll try your imaginary gardening. Hopefully I can keep THOSE flowers alive...

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  34. Ohh we are so the same! I too fantasize about being outside in my garden in a wide brimmed hat in the sunshine! And also making a big salad out of all the veggies my garden provides. But I don't think I'm a gardener... I just like the idea of it :)

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