Thyme on My Hands by Eric Grissell

By Eric Grissell

Whimsical reflections at the joys, pitfalls, and follies of gardening via a loyal gardener and witty author who now and again steps again from sowing and weeding, making plans and planting, to poke enjoyable on the entire approach.

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It was during this time, also, that I began to work in a great garden which rolled down a hillside 'til it came to rest at the edge of the little valley in which we lived.  . well, actually, two gardeners' garden, but they always seemed as one to me. Of this garden and its caretakers I shall say no more until Chapter 19, but it had best be noted here that the joy of working in this garden, and of knowing its encyclopedic proprietors, has been the basis for much of my own spiritual well-being. There came a dayas there eventually must in every young lifetime in the garden of edenwhen spirit was wrenched from complacency and the residue was shipped off to the distant shores of Florida.

These centers of unearthly delights specialize in those unfortunate gardeners stranded in the present; they guarantee that something will be gotten "done"for a price, of course. Actually, one may be lulled into purchasing so many holey sacks containing virtually every conceivable sort of thing Page 7 that nothing may ever be gotten at, let alone be gotten done! Bags of gypsum and sand to loosen the soil, lime to sweeten the soil, potting soil when soil-soil is not quite up to it.  . something to stimulate every sort of perverted passion to which a plant might succumb.

Here, in the fourth month of deliberation was a very clever choice. My house was made of brick and wouldn't it be natural just to extend the brick into the garden? My problem was solved! I started to investigate brick paths and brick walls and brick terraces and brick bricks. I talked to brick people. I bought bricks. I even practiced making a brick terrace 2 ft. square where the garbage can could sit. It was very nice, very nice indeed. And I mangled only one finger in the entire process. Page 31 But then, as is frequently the case, vague doubts began to set in.

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