Return to the green place

I’m home. Everything changed while I was gone, and the differences are breathtaking. Being gone only 8 days and having the landscape so different really gives me an appreciation of how fast the seasons pass.

Of course, we didn’t really get a spring this year, just several months of really crappy weather. So it’s like the last few weeks of spring and the first few weeks of summer compressed in on each other. We’re eating lettuce, radishes, spinach, and chard from the garden. But most of the hot weather plants look like they’ve gone south, so we’re planting some backup tomatoes and corn. The fruit trees look great, most of them loaded. But the brassicas (cabbage and the like generally planted very early) are depressing. Some of the cabbage and all of the broccoli just got to about 8 inches high and bolted. Total loss. The berries are at least a month late.

But the Japanese irises and foxglove are blooming like crazy, the grass is that soft spring green and smells fresh, and the trees are fully leafed out so that the light filters through them in that wonderful summer way.

The convention was fun. I got 5 top-ten finishes in the 39 categories of poem that I entered, so I’m happy. If that doesn’t sound too impressive, you should know that most categories had from 200 to 300 poems entered.

Now I truly must go move some sprinklers. No deep thoughts today, just gratitude for a return to the NW. Much as I enjoyed the convention and the different landscape, there’s no place like home.

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5 Responses to “Return to the green place”

  1. Philip Ferris Says:

    Welcome home

  2. ingernet Says:

    Okay, it’s officially been more than a month. What’s new? xoik

  3. wwiebke Says:

    Marianne:
    How about posting a picture of you Ben and Inger.

  4. Josh Bancroft Says:

    Hi Marianne! Been a while since we heard from you. Hope everything’s well. We’d love an update to how things are going out on the Big Elk. 🙂

    Take care!

    Josh

  5. Nathan Zeldes Says:

    Marianne? Are you there? Do show a sign of life, here or by email (I don;t have yours).

    Nathan

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