A Way to Garden

By Ann Shayne
March 24, 2018
The colors of nature, in convenient knittable form

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  • Ah, japonica ! – how beautiful is that look of stems without leaves and only glorious blooms ?! Yesyes, I know it’s now referred to as ornamental quince; but I grew up loving japonica, and will die that way. 🙂

  • Oh back in the day before my knitting obsession kicked in I even entered green thumb contests and won small prizes. I even came in 2nd place behind a 12 year old boy in a tallest sunflower contest. Now, I start seeds inside, some live and some don’t, fight the deer and turkeys for the seedlings who survive the sprouting. Then, all summer long I sit on my porch in my comfy knitting spot and just look at the disaster that could be my garden. Last fall, on a warm day, I put down my knitting and dug out the perennials that took over.
    They say spring is here, I have 6 baby lettuces popping up in my mini-greenhouse, and the summer knitting is progressing. Two tunics done, a polo will be done today.

  • Oh, that top “blossoming” photo fills my heart with hope… and joy! Thank you.

  • This is wonderful! A new podcast and perhaps, encouragement to expand the wee zinnia patch that I view from the kitchen window.

  • “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn

    (BTW, no Snippets today?)

    • Yay! I found my Snippets today. For some reason they had been divered to my spam folder.

  • As I cross stitched years ago, “who plants a seed beneath the sod, and waits to see, believes in God “. Don’t know whose quote that is.

  • Welcome back from Scotland and other parts 🙂
    I try very hard to grow as much of my food as possible in the mostly-stone also-rusty-dusty (no exaggeration) “soil” here. 2017 was the year that, despite months of very determined effort, I would have starved by December if I was truly dependent upon just my garden produce. BUT! I am hitching up my dungarees and preparing for another “go” as soon as this snow melts. If it ever does. I mean, of course it will. Right?

  • I have been reading her blog for several years and last summer I went on a garden tour of her house in the little hamlet of Copake Falls, NY. It was everything I imagined it would be, so peaceful and pretty, and not overdone, as some garden tour houses can be. It was no nice to meet her, I would love to do this again.

  • I am speechless. Thank you. And confession: I cannot knit. (Better with a shovel.) My sister? Serious w/the needles. Me? Disaster.

  • So pleased to see A Way to Garden getting a shout-out here! It’s a total delight!! I love it even though I’m now in upside-down seasons in the Antipodes…her good garden talk knows no borders! : )