Monday, September 3, 2012

City Girl in the Country Garden

One day last week I woke up with the excitement of childhood summer mornings: "Today's the day we're going to the country!!"  We visited a friend's country house & magnificent MAGNIFICENT vegetable garden. We got to sit a spell & sketch. The colors, lines & forms, lights, shadows, patterns~a bounty of brillant design!!
I snapped some photos, but to sketch, for me is to notice so many intricacies~ overlapping leaves, some torn, some with little holes in them. The variety of colors in one plant alone makes me shake my head in wonder. And, then, to sit still is to notice the movement all around:  leaves fluttering, tall bean plants & sunflowers swaying, insects going about their daily rounds.
The sunflowers are my favorite of favorites. Not just their grand height & the size of their blossoms, but their gorgeous design. Giant girls dancing along the edge of the garden, bowing and nodding, watching over it.
Each section, each view is stunning!
Oh! The squashes & pumpkins, laying on the ground, under abundant leaf awnings!

Indeed I am still a city child, not having much experience with vegetable gardening. I am totally awestruck by this magic that comes from seeds that are nurtured by caring, hardworking & knowledgeable humans!! For those of you who know Maine's singer songwriter Dave Mallet: 
"Inch by Inch, row by row, gonna' make this garden grow. All it takes is a rake and hoe and a piece of fertile ground. Inch by inch, row by row, someone bless these seeds I sow, someone warm them from below 'til the rains come tumbling down."


  1. Love yr drawing/watercolor wit the writing on it!
    Hard subject matter.
    I guess DD would say simplify..simplify
    Will you drive in from Portland the 1st day? Maybe you'll stay on..
    email me..I lost yrs
    Thanks carolg

  2. Sunflowers make me happy. Bardzo lubię słoneczniki.
    P.S. "DobregO rokU szkolnEGO" - I know, Polish noun declination and verb conjugation is soooooo hard. Rita, I am so excited that you leave some words in Polish on my blog. Hope you don't mind if I try to help you?

    1. Dear Zosia, I'm so happy that you are welcoming me to write in Polish & I love that you are willing to correct me. My father used to correct my endings, but until I formally studied Polish grammar as an adult, I never knew why, so none of them ever "stuck". Yes noun declintion, oh my! Dziękuje, Rita PS Tak, ja też bardzo lubię słoneczniki!


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