Fill Your Hands with Mud

 

Mary Oliver is my comfort this gray winter. I have been reading and rereading her poem “Rice”since her death last month.

I don’t want you just to sit down at the table.
I don’t want you just to eat, and be content.
I want you to walk out into the fields
where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.
I want you to stand there, far from the white tablecloth.
I want you to fill your hands with mud, like a blessing.
 

I am not ready to fill my hands with cold mud.

My alarm clock does not go off in the morning with a cheerful benediction that I will be handed an extra two minutes and 16 seconds of sunshine today.

I am thankful for any sunny, winter day, but most days are cloudy. Some are bone-chilling 2F, whipsawed to the mid-60s  a few days later.

Back and forth.

Winters were gray and rainy in Kentucky long before Noah set sail.

I push off, hand on the rudder.

I troll for things brown—bark, foliage, seedpods, prairie grasses and mud.

Many of you will say, thank god for witch hazels, winter aconites,  hellebores and snowdrops. I love them, as well, though calling them spring harbingers sounds too much like a come-on—a one-day Black Friday deal at the outlet mall.

Early-blooming plants are an irresistible tease—road signs for the next round of cold and gray. Still, shades of brown govern Kentucky winters, mile after mile, until we reach a few weeks past the vernal equinox.

One day in April—I’m never sure which glorious day it will be— spring beauties and Virginia bluebells will come into bloom again.

Yellow buckeyes will unfurl their compound, palmate leaves from their fat, winter buds—one leaflet at a time.

Put your boots on.

Be patient.

Take the slow lane from darkness to light.

It will warm up.

When it does…

“Fill your hands with mud, like a blessing.”

 

Listen to Krista Trippett’s 2015 interview with Mary Oliver:

Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

Fill Your Hands with Mud originally appeared on GardenRant on February 6, 2019.

Buffalo Garden Book Give-Away and My Best Buffalo Shots

It had to happen – a book about the Buffalo-Style Gardens that have become the talk of the gardening world, especially among garden writers.

And it had to be the work of Buffalo’s most vocal promoters of Buffalo gardens – the writer Sally Cunningham and the writer/photographer Jim Charlier, published by St. Lynn’s Press in Pittsburgh.

To Enter the Give-away

Just leave a comment here or on GardenRant’s Facebook page about:

  • Buffalo. Have you visited lately? Have you been to Garden Walk Buffalo?
  • The gardens where YOU live. Is there anything distinctive about them or are you jealous that Buffalo has its own style and your city doesn’t?
  • Or whatever you’d like to say.

Comment until close of business next Friday (2/15). I’ll pick one at random a week from today and email the winner.

I’ve browsed Buffalo-Style Gardens enough to see a few familiar gardens and even some familiar faces, which just made me want to see more.

Buffalo Memories

My times in Buffalo begin when the the four original or almost original GardenRanters had our first meet-up there, having decided to all attend and promote the 2007 Garden Walk that’s we’d loved reading about in Elizabeth’s posts. In fact it was her writing about the Walk that prompted us to ask her to join us just six months after the blog launched.

I love the photo above with, from left, Amy Stewart, Elizabeth Licata, me, and Michele Owens in Elizabeth’s garden but as for details about the partying that went on that weekend, what happens in Buffalo should probably stay in Buffalo. 

On a more professional note, we hired a real photographer – K.C. Kratt – to do some official group portraits. This one ran on the site for a long time and illustrated an article in a Washington Post called “Feisty Women Win Raves for Their Rants.” (Good times!)

Now for some of my favorite Buffalo garden shots from my three visits to Buffalo, all in mid- to late summer. Yes, I returned every chance I got to hang out with gardeners there – for the garden Blogger Fling in 2010 and the Garden Writers Association’s big annual conference in 2017.

Above, one of the most photographed gardens in the city, in the heart of the Cottage District.

I’ve used this photo countless times to illustrate the mid-summer glories of Russian sage, Rudbeckia and groundcover sedum.

This view of Jim Charlier’s garden is almost as famous as his shed, which in the forward to this book he claims to love almost as much as he loves his daughter (but don’t ask by how much).

 Above and below, the garden at a hospice facility, if memory serves.Having seen it in 2007, during the 2010 Fling I dragged bloggers Gail Eichelberger and Frances G. to the garden, cocktails in hand. They loved it, too.

Above and below, it’s hard to believe these gardens are in the middle of a city.

My favorite thing about Buffalo gardens? They’re jam-packed with plants, water features and spots for socializing.

As I remember it, this garden has a bar, Tiki torches and protection from sun and rain. So despite summer showers, the partying goes on. That’s Jim Charlier in the very center, cocktail in hand.

Lordy, these photos are making me long for summer and for the garden parties that Buffaloans do best.

Buffalo Garden Book Give-Away and My Best Buffalo Shots originally appeared on GardenRant on February 10, 2019.

Port til indkørslen, med automatik

Fremtidens havehegn er fremstillet i kompositmaterialer, WPC komposit 

Komposit hegns porte er løsningen for dig som ønsker en flot have,  flot indkørsel og aflukket have med privatliv, men ikke ønsker at passe alle tingene, hele tiden.

Med GH systems automatiske havehegns port er du sikret en flot og stilren løsning. Her i denne video kan du se en port løsning, der giver glæde både når du skal ud af haven eller når turen går hjem igen.

Din tid i privaten kan du bruge på andre ting end at holde træværk nymalet, for med komposit hegn og porte i komposit har du med et en vedligeholdelsesfri haveløsning og da det kun skal vaskes, hvis det bliver  udsat for svinene omgivelser, eller store træer som kan afsætte lidt alger på overfladen. Porten er udført i varmgalvaniseret stål så det ruster ikke og skal heller ikke vedligeholdes, dog skal der måske smøres et hjul eller 2 alt efter hvor meget porten kører. 🙂

Leder du efter en smart og holdbar løsning til din næste port så se vores video her 

Videoen viser en løsning mad automatik port i 3,6 meters bredde og en højde på ca 1,8. Denne port er lavet med GH system hegns profiler fra Global-hegn 

Ønsker du en special løsning til haven så kontakt Global hegn på 70235513 

Havehegn i komposit er bedre end råddent stakit

Havehegn der ikke rådner i haven.

Vi anbefaler havehegn i WPC komposit materialer, men der er altid både gode og dårlige løsninger inden for hegn og andre produkter.

Pas på med følgende løsninger:

  • Aluminiumsstolper, de danne hvidrust og malingen skaller af meget hurtigt, der kan være tidskrævende og besværligt at afholde aluminiumsstolper fra at ruste, JA. De ruster, selv om det ikke fremgår af salgs teksterne.
  • Komposit stolper, de kan ikke holde. Dem der støbes med beton eller fyldes med stål, knækker i overfladen og efter 2-3 år har du fugt og vand som fryser om vinteren og dette få til sidst det hele til at knække.
  • Billigt komposit, fremstilles af ved at lave profilerne lette, enten er de tynde eller smalle, vægt = pris, gå ikke efter billige løsninger, du skal have dit hegn i mange år.
  • WPC Komposit er ikke fremstillet med  lange fiber, så det er vigtigt at kende styrker og svagheder i produktet, kontakt din forhandler eller sælger. Det nytter ikke at købe hos en der ikke ved hvad fordele og ulemper er.
  • Komposit findes i flere farver, find den farver der passer bedst, komposit skal ikke males, blot vaskes hvis der kommer alger eller det bliver beskidt.

 

Er du i tvivl om hvor tykke din profiler skal være, så er der et simpelt råd

  1. bredde over 30mm
  2. jo tungere pr meter jo mere for pengene
  3. vælg farve der passer, det skal ikke males.

Havehegn i komposit der holder

Når nu din hæk eller dit gamle hegn er rådnet væk, så det tid til at tænke nyt

Find en løsning der holder, en løsninger der ikke skal vedligeholdes på tidskrævende vis år efter år.

Med komposit havehegn har du mere tid til andre ting.  De venskab med naboen kan bruges på andet en maling og vedligehold af råddent træ eller hækkeklipning.

Komposit hegns låger der skaber trykehed. 

GH system hegn, har en serie af låger som ikke nok med de holder, så skaber der også trykhed, for med ruko låsesystemet, kan du omstille låsen så det passer til resten af huset, du har så mulighed for at låse, hvis der er børn i haven eller hunden ikke skal kunne stikke af.

Der giver også privatliv i baghaven, med kvalitets låger fra GH system.

Det er muligt at bestille komposit havelåger på mål hos global hegn aps, på værkstedet fremstilles låsninger med havelåger som kan monteres på vægge og nedgraves, de passer til hele serien af havehegn fra GH system.