with reach: perennial

wilting glads on the kitchen counter © kjm

When Marilu's here, she spends lots of time working with my mom in her garden. As a kid, our garden was mostly the same from year to year - smallish rectangular areas with tomatoes, peonies, and unruly bushes that my dad tried to tame. But in the past few years, it's taken on a whole new life and scale. We joke about who should be more grateful - my mom, for Marilu's guidance and help, or Marilu, for the access to Northern soil to sink her hands into.

In truth, it's probably me who's the winner. Though I've got a black thumb and am not much interested in gardening itself, it's a real treat to see the two so happy.

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]


g said...

Not to be pedantic or anything, but I think that's a perennial.

Kevin said...

See, I didn't even know that. Title changed! Thanks, g.

g said...

Bet Marilu knew.

Roberta said...

It's a perennial if you remove the bulbs in the fall, clean them during the winter and then plant them again in the spring. They will them be just as nice as they were this year from year to year.(It was my dad's passion. He planted 5000 of them every summer once he retired and had Kyle go door to door in the "big city" to sell them!)