What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.
~Andrew Marvell, Thoughts in a Garden
So here we are smack-dab in the middle of summer and it is all wondrous. Never mind that the volunteer seedlings I thought were cucumbers turned out to be acorn squash, and the arugula turned out to be daikon radish. These are the small risks I take in my unstructured gardening style. In my garden, at least one plant of each variety I grow goes to seed as a kind of an offering. This practice also contributes to my enjoyment and edification in witnessing the whole life cycle culminating in the compost bin. And so, in the next season I am greeted with surprises and get more practice in being comfortable with uncertainty. It’s a low risk place to start and the results are always delicious.
And you—where are you on the Wheel of the Year, dear Reader? Are you experiencing a Summer phase of your life, or are you moving into Lammastide? What are you tending? What are you reaping? What hard-won wisdom is yours to share?
Great beauty and bounty to one and all,
Teresa, spirit of Thule, Tucker and all at Paradise Found