Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DiGGiNg iT!!

Original watercolor painting by Loretta West - "Dad's Garden"


A gardening friend once remarked that Spokane, Washington where I live has a most beautiful and long spring.  Having lived here for a while now, I'm inclined to agree.  Sometimes it is maddening when you are planning on planting and it gets cold and a little snowy.  But then other times you are made buoyant by a sudden warm spell like we are having today.  This seesaw in the weather can continue right to Father's Day.

My Dad was an avid gardener, and I think of him especially when I am gardening...feeling closer to him in the garden than anywhere else.  He had great gardening habits, and one of them was to leave a garden fork stuck in the garden.  The idea is that if you leave the fork out in a spot where you pass frequently, you can just quickly fork out the annoying weeds and crab grass (my nemesis) without having to get a tool and come back and make a big production out of the task.

So I recently bought an extra fork just for this purpose to stick in the front garden where the grass doth grow annoyingly so.  I thought, well as it is, this fork looks pretty darned plain, especially for the front yard.
 
So of course I jazzed it up a bit with my trusty oil based sharpies! 
Voila, working Garden Art!!
 

 
No garden implement will ever be safe again!!
 
 
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