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.


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June 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

smiles 🙂

Kate Georgereply
June 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

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!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm
– In reply to: Kate George

Mine are winning. But I’m feeling motivated to fight this year!!! Maybe we should get together to weed.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgenreply
June 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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

June 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Yes yes.

June 3, 2013 at 1:30 am

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Midwestern Plant Girlreply
June 3, 2013 at 6:33 am

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

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
June 3, 2013 at 7:14 am
– In reply to: Midwestern Plant Girl

So true. I’ve lost count!

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