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Writing Wendl...

I really did want to write a light-hearted tale in case this one turns out to be my last novel (assuming it yet becomes a novel), but it's headed currently toward the shadows. I thought I knew Wendl Von Trier pretty well, having trekked with him through my previous book, The Winged Child .   There, Wendl presents as an elusive solitary, moving above all worldly fray while at the same time nudging events and characters toward a satisfactory conclusion. Sharp and intimidating on the outside and tender and motherly on the inside. A friend to the world, something of a trickster, but in all things working for good outcomes.  That is how I saw Wendl VonTrier. A  púka, mischievous, but essentially harmless, even benevolent, capable of presenting in whatever form or gender the moment required. Wendl seemed the ideal candidate to carry readers off into the literary sunset in good spirits after an exhilarating romp through a fantastical fiction. But all along, it seems, there were depths to

...and so it goes.

As promised, here's a monthly progress report on the wee garden begun back in late winter. It's beginning to look like a rather wild nook now, more or less as intended, but with some subtly imposed order.

Most of the green growing here was planted by design. It is not as tightly disciplined as a true Tsuboniwa, though. Some native ground cover has been allowed to remain so far. Whatever looks at home probably is.

In the above photo, the herbs in the rectangular bed at right are being assaulted by a voracious and burgeoning insect population. Insect predation has not been a major problem at this site in previous years. Our wet 2021 spring might be a factor. Evergreens and hydrangea lurk among the stones center and left, and some rosemary to keep mosquitoes at bay.

On the right in the photo below, is the latest tree to populate the garden, a blue spruce. Over time, the three young trees in the plot will be shaped and sized, but for this first year or so, they will be spared pruning while they establish. 

The sedum at lower left was set in during April. All the other green you see in this picture, including the three hydrangea upper left, were here before the garden.

The hope, which almost rises to the level of a plan, is to establish over time a space that is not quite wild and not quite tame, a conversation where Nature has her say on equal footing with the gardener.


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