This is my story of a garden

A blog by Barbie Darwin Burr

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~Carl Jung

It started six years ago, as the cheapest, quickest way to stabilize a part of the yard where we ripped out overzealous poison ivy and rangy scrub oak.

The garden was set on the poorest, rockiest, rootiest soil, and built with little more than memories of places I had loved, and time spent outdoors with my dog, Spot. I amassed a lot of information about water, dirt, mulch, light, and temperature, as well as growing, collecting, eating, cooking, saving, and sharing food.

As all of this was happening, I acquired a marble statue of Persephone, and that inspired me to build her a home dedicated to Carl Jung's mythic shadow side. Spot died, how I miss him. Groundhogs, rabbits, and chipmunks encouraged me to shift from vegetables to flowers, and think about the garden as a place to sit and look out at a view. Then there was the cutting garden with dusty miller and dahlias for the wedding. And then there was the wedding, with Newbury Street stylists coiffing hair in my potting shed.

Very soon, I think this patch of land will become something else, although I am not sure what. Before it is a hazy recollection, I want to try and write down the story. It was such a wonderful place.

Weeds, Dandelions Part One

The garden is greening in. I walked around this morning, thinking as I do every year at this time, what is a weed, and what is a plant? Weeds must be pulled away to make room for the plants. However, I have mistakenly damaged and destroyed some good plants trying …

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LL Visits

May 22- the is the first entry in more than a week because LL has been in residence. Her parents traveled to Bermuda for a wedding, and while she stayed here, she was all I could think about. We took breakfast in The Garden most mornings, and then followed up …

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Rain

I awoke to rain this morning, hence the topic. By the time I got outside, it had all but stopped, so I did not get a good rain photo. Seeing the rain inspires me to write about what I do with it. My relationship with water has not been easy. …

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First Time

So this is my first live time post. Everything written before today was part of the set up effort. Today, I feel the pressure is on to produce something engaging. I am trying to find a rhythm. I took my morning walk around the yard, made notes of what needs …

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Back of Garage

I need a name here too. his is the new berry patch. I planted six thornless bushes that are meant to produce big fat berries. The location does not get much sun, but it is close to the back door, so we are trying it because it is close to …

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