You can tell a lot about gardeners by reading their garden journals.
Are they bumblebees or ants in their approach to gardening? What do they grow? What climate do they live in?
Are they recorders of details and facts? Or are they observers of feelings and thoughts?
What do these garden journal entries tell you about the gardener who wrote them?
May 20, 2002: High 55, Low 40. Still record cold, 4th frost warning in a row. Mowed grass. Watered all pots to help protect from frost.
April 22, 2003: High 54, Low 36. Fothergill, Kerria in bloom. Bird nest in crabapple
May 1, 2002: High 66, Low 49. Spring has arrived today! I can hear the birds calling each other in the trees. The sun is bright, the sky is a light blue and the columbine are blooming in brilliant shades of maroon, pink, purple, and blue. The entire garden seems to call out to me to abandon all else and be only a gardener today. Welcome, Spring!
May 7, 2005: High: 70, Low 50. I sat in a lotus position in the center of the garden, meditating on the newly mown grass until I was at one with the chiggers. Went inside afterwards and spent time looking up “chigger bites” on the Internet. I won’t do that again!
So which entries are from my garden journal?
I’ll confess that I haven’t always kept a garden journal, and I’m not one to count my blog as my garden journal, though certainly through my blog I can look back over two years and get a good idea of what’s been going on in my garden.
I started my current garden journal on January 1, 2001, and have faithfully recorded something on “most” days.
I say “most” days because there are some days that are blank with only the temperatures written down.
But that’s okay because it is my garden journal and it suits my purpose.
What’s in my journal? Dates of first harvests, first blooms, and major weather events like frosts and rain and heavy snows. Records of when I mowed the grass or planted something new. The daily high and low temperatures. And tucked in the back are my seed lists going back to 1999.
It’s full of trivial items that are of no importance to anyone else. My penmanship is poor on some entries, and after eight years of using the same journal, the pages are getting a little smudged with dirt.
But if the house caught fire, I think I’d grab my garden journal on the way out, from the spot on the kitchen counter where it always is.
Maybe one day someone will look at my garden journal and try to guess what kind of gardener I was, in the same way that we read my grandmother’s short daily diary entries from 81 years ago and try to guess what her life was like. But I don’t write entries with that in mind; I just fill the pages with information that I think I’d like to keep track of from year to year.
So have you figured out which of the above entries are from my garden journal? What’s in your garden journal?