William Henry Hudson, British author and naturalist, said these words in 1919:
"I am not a lover of lawns.
Rather would I see daisies in their thousands,
ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems,
and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down,
than the too-well-tended lawn."
William Henry! Where have you been all my life?
Okay so I'm partly loving his words because my yard at present is pretty awful.
I have always loved unkempt, cottage, rambling yards. Could never find any personality at all in the well-manicured, perfectly maintained beds and lawn. Got those genes from my maternal grandmother. Her flowers grew everywhere and anywhere in her yard which would have never been featured on the cover of a gardening magazine, but it was beautiful...it was beautiful to me. And doggone it, I'm tired of feeling guilty because my grass might be an inch too long and what might someone think. And I refuse to zap a pretty yellow dandelion with chemicals (if I could just get my husband to agree).
So let's go crazy this summer and let a little grass creep over onto our sidewalks, who's with me? :)
We're not letting things go, we're letting things grow!