Cows, pecan trees, okra fields, rusty tin roofs and plenty of racism just weren’t for this free spirited 19-year-old boy. So I ran hard to get away from that run-down family farm. In one giant, naive leap that freaked the family out, I left South Carolina to enroll, as the only American exchange student at… Read More
Performance Anxiety You’d think gardening might be a stress free job. But right now, I feel dread like a hole below my chest that you could put a 3-gallon nursery pot through. This upcoming job has no little 3-gallon pots though. We’re moving two, 50+year old, 30 feet tall, spectacular Sabal palms. And it’s going… Read More
Quoted from Hellen Keller’s address to the Lions Clubs. At the cool museum that is her birthplace you’ll see some nice gardens one of which was designed by a new friend. Phillip Oliver lives nearby. I didn’t know Philip but when I tweeted recently, “who can help me have some fun in northern Mississippi?” He… Read More
If you’ve met my Mother, you know she has a green thumb and a tender heart. Just days ago, we were working in the garden so briskly, that she decided not to stop to go to church. I took a picture of the roses below in her hand. I’m writing/editing this while she’s in the… Read More
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My donkey and I have been doing this week what men and donkeys have been doing for millennia. We’ve been planting seeds. In doing that, we carry on our backs (ok that’s an exaggeration and the pic is set up) one of the basic freedoms, the truths, rights and pillars of all civilization. That’s not… Read More
We made a giant seesaw in front of the chicken pen; the three neighbor children and I. From under the barn and in junk piles, we gathered stuff like a quarter of a creosote power pole, galvanized pipes and boards. That took weeks; it wasn’t a very focused effort. As we found one part, we’d… Read More
If you still question whether people can change the earth and climate, then become a gardener. You’ll find out how quickly you can screw up a living system and how long it takes to put it back right. I love any book that stimulates me to think and write and question. I love this… Read More
You can enjoy my photo or buy an original Redoute print of this plant for a mere $617,000 here. With it, on this web page, for free, you get a tiny, important bit of garden history.
For a number of days of the last ten, I’ve been sequestered inside. Re writing. The editor at Timber Press sent back my manuscript for a final edit. Well, 32 pages and about 40 hours of edits. Done. Great edits. He said, ‘I’m trying to help you say what you want to say, more clearly.’ … Read More