Friday, January 01, 2010

Goodbye 2009

“With immediacy and intensity, smell activates memory, allowing our minds to travel freely in time.”
- Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Went outside yesterday to say goodbye to the garden in winter. It’s so messy that at least it reminds me how industriously I once spent afternoons, and how swiftly nature moves to erase traces of the gardener. I pruned the wisteria alba on the leaning arbor. I managed to clean up the poorly swept patio area of an entire trash-can of pine needles, fallen leaves and other deadfall. The guys who come by every other Friday to blow away such detritus manage to simply blow it into corners where it accumulates – the closest I get to snow drifts in So Cal. (The picture is at the Chinese Garden in Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, CA. Taken on 12/31/09)

So, raking, then light watering in the last of the veggie garden and awoke the smells of the last survivors as well as those of the slow decay and return to dust that this season bring. There are no ants working industriously, no grasshoppers fiddling indolently, no bees survive to sip water from the shallow basins. Just me and the smells of a slumbering garden. Me and the pink flamingo, in its vanity managing to color-coordinate with the final mums.


chaiselongue said...

It won't slumber for long now - we're the right side of the solstice, days getting longer, plants beginning to grow. We just about saw grey flamingos through the sea mist in the Camargue the other day, not pink ones like yours! Happy new year!

walk2write said...

Your picture of a garden's reflection in the water does suggest the inversion that takes place there at this time of year--or at least should take place if the wet-dry cycle would only behave itself! I hope your New Year brings you much joy and plenty of new posts.

West Coast Island Gardener said...

Beautiful photo to begin your post on reflection of the year caught my attention... and then your words are like poetry.Lovely.

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