Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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And you thought nothing was happening out there

Yesterday morning as the sun was coming up, I ventured outside to collect berries, dried seedheads, interesting leaves and grasses, for the Inquirer's page designers to play with for the layout of my story tomorrow. There will actually be two stories over the next two Fridays, but the first is about my crazy city garden and all it's been through for its first decade.

And you thought nothing was happening out there

Yesterday morning as the sun was coming up, I ventured outside to collect berries, dried seedheads, interesting leaves and grasses, for the Inquirer's page designers to play with for the layout of my story tomorrow. There will actually be two stories over the next two Fridays, but the first is about my crazy city garden and all it's been through for its first decade.

It's the real story of a garden, not some glossy version that might admit in an aside that there will be setbacks along the way - things like terrible weather, bad choices, unfortunate missteps and that thing called time, of which we (at least I) have so little these days and which gardens need in spades.

It was surprising to see how much was going on in the garden yesterday. The colors of fall are so lovely and the plants beautiful in a different way.

It's a quieter season and the pace of work is more to my liking. I now know what all those interview subjects of mine meant when they said fall was their favorite season.

You may recognize some of these leaves and berries in the paper tomorrow. You may also recognize yourself and your garden in there. That's the hope, anyway.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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