Oh sweet stranger danger! I have not forgotten you. I am still operating under your prime directives:
- Avoid unneccessary social interaction
- Never EVER make eye contact
- Seriously, stop looking me in the eye!
However, I am compelled to understand other people’s gardens. But don’t fret! I have not yet truly approached strangers and their gardens. I’ve started with friends.
My good friend Bryan T (last name removed to protect his innocence) used to work at my company. Somewhere out there is a movie of the two of us frollicking in the waves of Hawaii. But I choose to remember him in more manly times. (I therefore barely remember him at all.)
Tucked away as he is in the obscurist of obscure Connecticut obscurities (truly he probably belongs more to Rhode Island) I have not gotten to his house, but if his fine cooking and fine family can’t lure me, perhaps his first garden can!
Bryan is far, far, far more fastidious than I. He is well coifed almost always. Clothes are generally on and generally well branded. He has an actual sense for aesthetic. He is clean. So, yeah.. he’s annoying.
His sense of order and design comes through I think in his garden. For a first-time gardener, he has done a great job here. Since he loves to cook he has stocked a working kitchen garden that will likely provide an abundance of greens, squash, peas, beans and herbs. I’m not sure where he got the idea to build the compost bin right in the structure of the garden, but I think it’s a great plan. He’ll be able to recycle plenty there and very easily work it into his soil next year.