Monday, December 29, 2003

beginning again

There is something to be said for starting a new garden. First off, it requires looking at space and getting inspired about how to remake it, whether it is a slight editing of plant material already there, or radically changing, dividing and organizing the yard.

We Americans live in culture that says we live in a sea of grass, much more akin to a park than to gardens. Because grass is usually not that interesting, except to kids who play on it, we devise our front yards in such a way that the house looks ok from the street.

We don't use the land. It is almost unseemly to actually live in one's front yard. That is for the inside, or in the back, hidden from view.

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