I stumbled upon a leftie website called Irregular Times, which has a section on "Gardening from the Underground," titled Irregular Growth. I suppose that’s a good thing, but read the introduction:
Gardening – when one hears the word
one thinks of old people: retired couples with nothing to do, aged
devotees of Martha Stewart, or rich, matriarchal wives jealously
guarding access to their garden and gossip clubs. Like so many other
traditional domestic activities, gardening often feels like a relic, a
holdover from a past of little relevance to the electronic, simulated,
placeless world of today.
The gardens that we see on television and read about in newspapers
and magazines reflect the ludicrous mismatch between the literal
earthiness of gardening and the desires for perfection that have
emerged as a part of our virtual culture. These gardens might as well
be experienced on a computer monitor. They are completely managed, with
no surprises. They are without depth, texture, and odor, separated from
the environment around them. They are to nature what the Epcot Center
is to culture.
rejects the idea of gardens as museums. In a world in which consumerism
is equated with virtue, gardening has the potential to become a
subversive art. These pages are centered around the effort to realize
that potential, reacquainting people with their humanity through a
symbolic immersion in the natural world.
Come grow with us.
Where to start! Maybe with the description of gardeners, with "old",
"retired, "aged" and "gossip" all in the same sentence. And is YOUR garden ludicrous, perfect, completely managed,
with no surprises, without depth, texture and odor, an Epcot Center
And turning to the articles themselves, it’s a weird little collection that I read so you don’t have to. Just one quote, though, on weeds:
Weeds help a garden seem integrated into the landscape that
surrounds it. Weeds remind a garden viewer that a flower bed is located
in a particular place with a natural community of plants. Unlike the artificially perfect curves of the trendy mulched flower
beds, the curves created by weeds make sense within a landscape. Weeds
follow the terrain, living in great sweeps with borders defined by the
rise and fall of the land and the natural distribution of nutrients and
soil texture. Weeds always make sense where they grow. Their appearance
is never contrived.
Yeah, down with trendy mulched flower beds!
The obvious question is who ARE these people, so I wrote to ask- there being no About page – and was told that "Some of the people who post to our site don’t want to have their political
writings interfere with their day jobs (which unfortunately can happen)."
Photo by Michael Krinkle via iStock, where it’s filed with the tag "active senior".