Thursday, July 12, 2012
Running the Gauntlet
My garden encroaches on the poor, defenseless sidewalk.
Am I the only gardener who can't see a path without wanting plants to grow over the edges? This is one thing that drives my partner, Norm, crazy. He would much prefer all plants to remain on THEIR side of the border. I want them to spill over...just a bit. Of course, some years (like this year), weather contributes to create more of a tidal wave's worth of spillage, rather than the gentle ebb I had intended. It really does prove to me that, in the future, I should plan on a minimum width of 6' for all paths in any garden I plant. Restraint, it seems, is NOT my strong suit.
Luckily, I live in Portland...and believe it or not, my garden isn't even close to being the most "overgrown" that I've seen. Even just a few blocks away, someone has a huge Fig tree planted in their parking strip...which makes the sidewalk nearly impassable once it leafs out each year. Of course, by the time Summer rolls around, you wouldn't want to walk under it anyway...because of all the fallen, fermenting figs that litter the sidewalk.
Now...of course, if any of our neighbors ever voices a safety concern, I'd cut things back (after trying my best to change their minds). Luckily, so far, I've never gotten anything but positive feedback about my GARDEN GAUNTLET OF AWESOMENESS from all the people who walk by (and we live in a very "walk-y" neighborhood).
What do you think...eyesore...nuisance...or valuable & beautiful resource to be treasured and cherished by all who encounter it?