(Imagined Image #1 – A katydid, pale green and translucent, cupped in a human palm.)
I haven’t written about gardening in some time, not because I’ve been in the garden any less, but because I’ve been writing about everything less, and also because I feel like my approach to writing doesn’t lend itself to gardening. Writing on gardening needs pictures. It’s best in glossy magazines on coffee tables and endlessly scrollable posts of images on social media. I don’t generally photograph the garden at all, and I never include pictures in posts, so I’m poorly suited to garden writing.
(Imagined Image #2 – Screenshot of my defunct gardening blog.)
I did try once. I started a second blog, now long defunct (I won’t bother providing a link), where I tried to write in this way. For a brief time a took pictures in the garden, or linked to suitable pictures from the web, and I made an attempt at a pretty gardening blog. But it wasn’t me, and it wasn’t long before I let it die.
The thing is, there are times when I’d like a space to write like that, on a site where the posts have a space in the header for a screen-wide image, and where the post templates are actually centred around images, because I do love the garden, and there are parts of it I’d like to share.
(Imagined Image #3 – My front and sideyard from the street, angled to follow the path that curves up from the sidewalk to the flagstone patio, flanked by various trees and shrubs and flowers.)
For example, as the years have passed here on Dublin Street (almost fifteen years now), and as I’ve added ever more plants (mostly native, mostly edible, and entirely perennial), we’ve discovered an ever great variety of animals in the garden.
(Imagined Image #4 – Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, close-up, sitting on a plant leaf.)
This year we’ve seen Meadow Fritillary, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, and Mourning Cloak butterflies, along with the usual Monarchs and Coppers. We’ve seen Katydids and Spur-throated Grasshoppers. We’ve seen fireflies and any number of other unidentified beetles and bugs. We’ve seen Finches and Flickers and Flycatchers, along with our regular Cardinals and Robins and Chickadees.
(Imagined Image #5 – Woodpile with Ironweed growing behind and Pink Lady Slippers (now withered) in front.)
And I really would like to share them with you, rather than forcing you to imagine them. I guess, you’ll just need to drop by and see them for yourself.