Friday, July 21, 2006

Roses behaving badly

The lawn and gardens are neglected. The white, wild roses are growing over and around the hot pink ones, smothering them and bending their flowerheads. When I first came here, I wasn't crazy about the hot-pink roses...thought they were sick, thought they were ugly. Now, I tuck bushels of compost and mulch around them in the spring, and deadhead them in hopes of more startling blooms as the summer wears on.

Everything gets tired, though. Leaves that were, in spring, bright green and flourishing are black spotted and yellow, withered even. The green growing things look, maybe sick, maybe normal...through my eyes it all seems a great omen of ecological devastation, but what doesn't nowadays?