greentapestry : September

Tuesday, 1 September 2009




The first day of each month is Garden Bloggers Muse Day. This is hosted by Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago. Here fellow garden bloggers post seasonal poems,photos, pictures, musings and songs. After many years of working in schools (unfortunately not with school holidays) my summers were invariably spent planning for the new school year in September. So here is my September offering for GBMD :


"The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze'

~ John Updike, 1932 - 2009

A second G for today is Shirl's Gardenwatch blog where Shirl is posing the question of how do folk re-use and recycle their surplus plastic pots ? Invariably these build up and before you know it you can end up with a veritable pot mountain ! Have a look at Shirl's blog to find out more about some of the excellent schemes and uses that have been posted about today. No innovative or exciting ideas here I am afraid. I grow plants for our garden club plant sale each year, so am always in need of spare pots or know other folk who will appreciate them. In the past I have also grown plants to sell at our local Country Market and I know that the producers there would appreciate empty pots. Your local allotment site might also be grateful of a donation.

Finally himself has come up with a use for some of my empty pots whilst starting work on erecting a new greenhouse this weekend. These are florist's buckets from Wilkos, which are lot cheaper than buying the equivalent sized pot from a garden centre. Apparently using the bucket overcame the problem of low ground when it came to pouring the concrete - himself would be more technical in his explanation. Not a pretty picture but you will get the gist ~

Go over to ABC Wednesday to have a gander at more posts on the letter G.


  1. Hey Anna, thanks so much for the BIG mention and links :-D

    It's great that you can reuse your pots for plant sales. Very interesting reuse by himself... I'll remember that ;-)

    I see you've put a link in your sidebar too. If you plan to keep that there for any length of time (even just a few days) I can give you a green/yellow version of the one I've just added as a permanent link on mine. Just email me :-D

  2. Happy September. Those are elderberries, right? What lovely color!

  3. Hi Anna, such a love poem by Updike, sums up the feelings of fall's beginning perfectly. I love the use of the pot for concrete, brilliant. Our local recycle center takes all types of plastic, so any leftovers just go there. But they are perfect for sending plants home with visitors.

  4. Great combination of 3 memes, Anna! The poem is an excellent choice; as a teacher for 34 years, September always held many images for me, too. There's nothing like a fresh start to a school year and the smell of brand new books!

    I just read your post from yesterday; thank you so much for answering a question that has been bothering me for some time--the correct pronunciation of heuchera! I've become addicted to these plants; I haven't met one I didn't like yet:)

  5. Happy GBMD to you. What a great poem for Sept.

  6. Green and gardens are a very popular beautiful choice for the G, like yours. Just so relaxing to view, but not the work involved.

    Linky still on the blinky.

  7. Of course, since my name is GREEN, I was predisposed to like THIS post, which touch on going green.

  8. I can't believe it's September already. Where did the summer go? September to me is the start of a new school year. The kids go back on Friday. Home alone again.
    Great use for the buckets.

  9. Isn't Updike's poem perfect for sept...and so are your Gs...and himself if pretty clever also...

  10. In Ontario, a local grocery store started a program of recycling pots. If you bring back 25(I think that is the right number), they will give you a $5.00 gift certificate, to be used towards the purchase of more plants. Even better, they can be any nurseries pots, it doesn't have to be from theirs. I believe they try to reuse them or will recycle them.

  11. Love John Updike,Anna. Thanks for joining GBMD and for supporting the recycling of plastic pots.


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