Groundhog Hill - June 26, 2013

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By Steve LaRue

Perfection can be found in the green, green grass of home

I believe perfection can be found in one’s flaws. The same is true for gardens.

About eight weeks ago, I boasted that the garden at Groundhog Hill’s beauty would put the Palace of Versailles to shame. Clearly, I was drunk on high hopes and planter’s dreams.

Now, at midsummer, I wish to report that neither the French government nor Versailles need worry. If you seek perfection, do not look here.

You see, GH has a lot of grass in it. A great deal of grass. More than a smidgen. Friends and family who’ve toured GH have actually said to me, “What’s up with all the grass?” I try to explain that flaws make a garden more beautiful.

I weed. It rains. I weed some more. We get more rain. I weed-eat. I mow. I till.  We get the only isolated shower in the area.

This grass is too strong. In fact, I suspect it’s really super-grass, genetically engineered specifically to thwart super-cool amateur gardeners who write newspaper columns about gardening.

I am beaten, but not unbowed. I simply yield to my superior opponent and do solemnly declare that all grass in the garden at GH is now completely intentional. Online, you may review my revised schematic which is now predominantly green.

The new theme for this year’s garden at GH is Wimbledon. Lawn bowling, anyone?

Now, tourists have a place to sit and have a picnic. Just choose either row of grass in the vegetable section as there is very little difference. You won’t be squashing the cinnamon basil because it never came up in the first place.

I have, however, planted two rows of pumpkin. The recent Super Moon inspired me to go ahead and sow some seed I saved from last year’s LaRue Family Pumpkin Carving. I am hoping the pumpkins will eventually defeat the grass in a war for organic supremacy. The winner will be announced around the first of October.

Sure, there are other weeds, but this year, they are not as troublesome as the darn grass which is literally choking the marigolds.

The first zinnias are blooming, and that gives me hope and the will to continue to weed.

More later from intentionally grassy Groundhog Hill.

Contact Steve at StephenJLaRue@aol.com or check out his blog at www. Groundhoghill.wordpress.com to see more photos of the grassy garden.