Wire fence and netting where beans still twist tightly around. Empty stakes here and there remind of juicy tomatoes that leaned upon them yesterday. Tattered Pea netting refuses to be used one more year.
Parsley defies its reputation of being a picky grower. Cress takes its job as ground cover much too seriously.
Windowless old greenhouse covered with grapevines, a summer arbour for hanging around in the hammock. Tempted to climb in but it is cold and damp.
Grass carpets the floor, Bracken Fern backdrop.
Masses of dead and dying leaves and branches surround. Day Lilies, Pyrethrum Daisies, Ajuga, rather neglected, not quite within hose reach, so only the hardy survive here.
©2000 Excerpt from “Our Backyard Essay”