Anna Pavord, Pulling Weeds


I scored Anna Pavord‘s The Curious Gardener at a book sale last week. It was a brand new copy until I got my hands on it. Now it has some dirty fingerprints, and I’ve read all essays about spring and summer months. Come September I will dive back in for more of her wit and wisdom.

Finding the book coincided with the first garden-worthy day in a few weeks.  All afternoon of Memorial Day I got in among the perennials where grasses are stiff competition every spring. With the rain of the last two weeks it feels like we’ve grown a hay crop between the irises, daylilies and baptisia. For the task of pulling grass to the root I needed to work barehanded for part of the day. By evening my wrists were aching, and my fingertips resembled blackened sandpaper.

Falling exhausted into an armchair, I cracked the cover of The Curious Gardener and sank into Pavord’s prose with a sigh of contentment. If I can write of gardens, life and plants half so well I’ll be happy.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crista
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 20:00:26



  2. Kate George
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 20:19:08

    I’m awed by your industry! I did some replanting, but I haven’t challenged the weeds yet. Partly because I’m afraid they will win!


  3. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 20:43:45

    That sounds like the perfect day! I get out every time our rain stops, lol.. so I’d love that book for the in between rainy times:) xx


  4. laritaraine
    Jun 02, 2013 @ 23:27:16

    Yes yes.


  5. adithyaentertainment
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 01:30:16

    Reblogged this on Adithya Entertainment.


  6. Midwestern Plant Girl
    Jun 03, 2013 @ 06:33:55

    1 wheelbarrow of weeds down, 253 to go. ..🙂



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