Gardening: It’s better when you don’t do it at all

So here’s the thing. Out in my back yard, there are these amazing tulips coming up. And they don’t have anything to do with me, because I didn’t plant them, and yet every year, they’ve come up nonetheless, like little workhorses that don’t know what else to do with themselves, and so it’s like spring is here but it didn’t even ask me for permission.

And that, good people of the Interwebs? That’s what I really like. Gardening without even trying.

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8 Responses to “Gardening: It’s better when you don’t do it at all”


  1. 1 Libby May 2, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I hear ‘ya. We weren’t in our house at this time last year, so it’s been exciting to see all of the previous owner’s tulips pop up. They truly are workhorses.

  2. 2 Diatryma May 2, 2008 at 9:29 am

    One of the reasons I like my landlords is that they planted daffodils along one fence. Yeah, there are day lilies along the other, but daffodils are something.

  3. 3 gillie May 3, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I have tagged you for a book meme – I do hope you want to play!

    http://skybluepink.typepad.com/skybluepink/2008/05/travelling-book.html

  4. 4 Heather's Garden May 3, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I feel the same way about the day lilies and scilla that someone planted in a corner of my yard (probably 30 years ago). I wish I felt the same way about my wildflower patch, but so far year 2 is not impressive.

  5. 5 Curtis May 4, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I guess I am not in this freebie flower upcomage. The prior owners didn’t have a garden. But I do have some freebie trees that have came up tho.

  6. 6 Karen Ledebur May 4, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I have freebie tulips too and this year I noticed a rogue pair of tulips that popped up in a completely random spot of the yard. I’ve never seen them before. It’s ironic because the tulips are my favorite colors for tulips red and yellow. The pair that emerged away from the rest of the bunch made me think that maybe when the conditions are just right I might emerge as a pair with someone! Only time will tell!

    Isn’t gardening one of the best metaphors for life as a believer?

  7. 7 anniebetty May 5, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Well, you might need a squirrel for that (the emerging in a rogue pair).

    I’m completely insulted. My house is 250 years old, and I never got any freebie flowers. :-(

    I did find trout lillies around my pond though, and I do get my share of native violets and blue-eye grass ‘n such. Just no amazing heirlooms that were planted in another time. It’s a job I’ll have to continue for the people who live here 250 years from now.

    Disappointing. Well, I actually do have freebie spearmint that comes up all around the old outhouse holes. That had to have been planted with some sort of deodorizing plan in mind, right?

  8. 8 inadvertentgardener May 6, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Libby, they’re so fun — I’m glad you’re getting some too!

    Diatryma, I love daffodils. They’re so cheery.

    Gillie, I do want to play! Stay tuned — I’ll get to it very soon.

    Heather, I bet the day lilies and scilla are gorgeous.

    Curtis, freebie trees are good too!

    Kären, I love the story about your tulips — gardening is an amazing metaphor for all that believing!

    Anniebetty, you crack me up — yes — that’s an excellent use for freebie spearmint!


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