April 30, 2006
"there's been talk about your sink..."
Hello all. Today was a glorious day in the garden. I feel dirty and freckled and I couldn't be happier. In about 2 weeks I'll be picking up my seedlings and start planting in a bigger way but, today was a good first step.
I added lime and organic fertilizer and moved a bunch of perennials around to better spots. You're really supposed to do this in the fall but, whatever. This is the first time I've done that without supervision from someone more experienced but, I think its pretty simple: dig a hole, dig up all or part of the plant you're moving, put the plant in the new hole and then give it lots of water for a few days. The most impressive thing growing right now is the chive plant(first photo). Holy herb! I also met a new neighbor who seems really nice. She has some daylilies that she's going to give me too! I really need to lay off the orange and yellow flowers but, you can't pass up free stuff.... its like being invited over to someone's grandma's and saying no to pie and ice cream.
On Wednesday I went to the first garden meeting of the season but, I had to leave early. I am considering running for the Steering Committe but, I'm not sure that I'm up for the neighborhood-y politics of holding office. My impression is that the people on the committee get a lot of grief from neighbors and gardeners who have a problem with things that are happening but who would rather complain than work. In fact, it seems that I have been the source of some complaints......not me personally but, my sink.
My Friend from Greenbay had a sink in her garden and another one on her porch that she grew plants in. I always thought it was pretty cool and funny so when she left town and offered them to me I took them and put the pink one in my garden plot. I'm not saying its not noticeable but, its definitely not an eyesore or anything like that. Anyway, as I was leaving the meeting and paying my annual plot fee one of the guys on the Steering Committee (who is kind of a cranky guy but, funny and I like him) said to me "there's been talk about your sink" and went on to tell me that some people don't like it and have complained but, that I don't need to worry yet because there haven't been any votes and he actually thinks its cute. I just left but, HELLO!! is my sink seriously the biggest thing to worry about??!! Where is the sense of fun and whimsy and humor PLUS all the little kids in the neighborhood think the sink ROCKS and play with the faucets!
It seems like the dumbest thing in the world to me to care about my sink but, in an effort to pretty it up I put a bunch of large perrennials behind it and a bunch of flower seeds around it. My strategy is to deepen the support of those who like the sink and draw attention to its wonderful-ness for all the haters.