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Baby Brussels sprouts are so adorable.

Temps yo-yoed yesterday into the comfortable 70s, so I spent several hours yesterday prepping the garden for winter. If I were a dedicated gardener, I’d be putting in one last round of cold weather plants.

Guess what?

I’m not a dedicated gardener.

It’s likely that the reason why my Brussels sprouts are so tiny is that I planted them too soon: Cabbage-y plants like the cold weather. These Brussels sprouts are never likely to grow much bigger even when the temperatures start to fall. They’ve been on the plant too long.

Claud was in the garden, too. He trotted by to show off a very improbable-looking swan-necked squash. He reeled off its name in French, Italian, and German.



We had a rousing conversation about composting techniques, which of course was thrilling—I do love tech talk! I wonder what his feelings are about postmodern literature and mapping symbolism in the works of David Foster Wallace?

Of course, putting the garden to sleep elicited deep feelings of melancholy in me.

But what doesn’t elicit deep feelings of melancholy in me?

It is the blight that man was born for
It is Patrizia you mourn for




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lookfar
Sep. 1st, 2018 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh! You must listen to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHDXScNqOS0
mallorys_camera
Sep. 1st, 2018 02:00 pm (UTC)
Oh my God! That is beautiful! THANK YOU.
lookfar
Sep. 1st, 2018 10:24 pm (UTC)
She did a whole album of songs extracted from poetry for children, and this is one.

Also, those tiny sprouts should be steamed, rolled in butter and parmesan and stuck on toothpicks.

Edited at 2018-09-01 10:25 pm (UTC)
mallorys_camera
Sep. 2nd, 2018 02:34 pm (UTC)
Merchant lives in the Hudson Valley, you know. :-)
lookfar
Sep. 2nd, 2018 07:07 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't know! That must explain the beauty of her work.
zyzyly
Sep. 1st, 2018 02:11 pm (UTC)
In the spring, all will be renewed.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 1st, 2018 02:15 pm (UTC)
True, dat! :-)
puddleshark
Sep. 1st, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)
LOL.

That may be the first time that Gerard Manley Hopkins has cheered me up.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 2nd, 2018 02:35 pm (UTC)
Ha, ha! GOOD. :-)
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Sep. 1st, 2018 03:32 pm (UTC)
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mallorys_camera
Sep. 2nd, 2018 02:35 pm (UTC)
Putin-bots gettin' bored!
benicek
Sep. 10th, 2018 03:37 pm (UTC)
Our elderly Italian friend used to grow HUGE ones of that kind of long squash. Surprising what will grow in England. He's too breathless from lung disease to do anything now, sadly. He was always very generous with vegetable gifts and homemade wine.
mallorys_camera
Sep. 10th, 2018 03:53 pm (UTC)
I had never seen it before.
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