Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

I have a sneaking suspicion that this is interesting to nobody but us. I mean, it’s not exactly big news that seeds grow if you stick them into the ground, water them, and let the sun get on them.

I guess you’d have to have experienced a Ferrara winter. You’d have to have lived through month after gray month, week after foggy, sunless week. You’d have to have been reduced to weeping by the evening weather report.

I mean, I think it’s no accident that the big culinary items here are bread so dry and lifeless that you could easily confuse it with particle board; a kind of sausage you have to boil for five hours in order to make it edible; and eel (need I say more?). These people are used to hardship and deprivation.

That’s why the sight of Growing Things inspires such raptures—and such depths of despair when things don’t work out. (The roses … ah, the sadness of the roses.)

Cime di rapa – otherwise known as broccoli rabe. (© MLC, 2008)

Sunflower seeds just coming up. (© MLC, 2008)

Tulips. They hardly seem to last a minute….

… but it’s a glorious minute. (© MLC, 2008)


Posted on 14 April 2008, in Tales from the Road. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You will be delighted to know that your Italian plants entrusted to my tender care are THRIVING..despite fog, rain and floods…my parsley looks like the day of the triffids..

    Keep calm – carry on..

  2. Dear Katy … I’m in the midst of closing four old blogger accounts and migrating everything to wordpress. The bad news for subscribers, I think, is that you’re all getting news of about 8 squillion posts dating back more than a decade … sorry about that. I hope to have it all squared away soon!

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