Human Flower Project
Monday, December 29, 2008
Gardening Weenie: Surrender to Win
After nine years of meager success, little fun, and too much hideousness in the yard, we cry UNCLE, Uncle Stan.
to Texas weather, personal failing, Stan the expert
Photo: Bill Bishop
Shear your own sheep and card your own wool and spin your own yarn and knit your own hairshirt. Let’s hear it for DIY! Self-reliance gets a good rap, and deserves it, from anyone who as much as skimmed the Whole Earth Catalogue – also, from Emersonians, bomb-shelterites, the Amish, small children, Millennialists, and cheese-making monks. As for gardening, do-it-yourself goes without saying. Otherwise it doesn’t amount to gardening at all – you’re just possessing property and grinning stupidly at undeserved compliments.
We are all for self-reliance, except when the self is unreliable. As in Will not countenance the thought of the desert plants even though said-self inhabits what is for all practical purposes a desert environment…