It's the season for garden tours and I was reading about one that took place in my city a few weekends ago. One of the gardeners whose garden was going to be a part of the tour said something along the lines of "We like to have all the pretties, which is why we don't grow vegetables."
That's not an exact quote, but close. The article is now in the archives of the newspaper so I'd have to pay to view it again, to get the precise wording.
But that's a close enough paraphrase for you to see why I took umbrage with that statement. Great umbrage. Immediate umbrage. So much umbrage that I tried to register so I could leave a "nice" comment, but the registration site was not working at the time.
Here's what I was going to put in the comment.
"While flower gardens are beautiful, no doubt, a vegetable garden in mid summer can be just as pretty a garden as any flower garden."
Really, even taking umbrage, that's all I was going to write. I was going to be nice about it because I'm sure I'd like the gardener if I met her. She is probably one of those gardeners with all shade who, because she can't grow vegetables, forgets how pretty a vegetable garden can be, how full of "pretties" it is.
Here are some of the "pretties" in my vegetable garden today.
These Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' are at the entrance to the vegetable garden proper.They are pretty, aren't they?
These tomato blossoms make me want my first tomato, right now, but it will still be a few weeks, at least, before I have a ripe tomato.They are pretty, aren't they?
These green bean blooms are proof that I'm outsmarting the rabbits, finally, and they left the beans alone.They are pretty, aren't they?
Not all green bean blooms are the same. These white blooms are on my fancy French green beans, Haricot Vert.They are pretty, aren't they?
Few flowers are as bright a gold as a squash blossom, and they are edible, too.They are pretty, aren't they?
Around the base of most of the tomato plants, I planted nasturtiums. These blooms are edible, too.They are pretty, aren't they?
I think event the compost piles have an "expectant beauty" to them, knowing this will be rich, dark compost over time.I won't ask you if you think these piles are pretty.
Yes, I think a vegetable garden can be a beautiful garden, full of "pretties", like those pepper blossoms in the first picture.The Vegetable Garden at May Dreams Gardens, full of "pretties" as the sun sets on Sunday, July 6th.