Enter your email address to subscribe to Irregular Times and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 447 other subscribers

Irregular Times Newsletters

Click here to subscribe to any or all of our six topical e-mail newsletters:
  1. Social Movement Actions,
  2. Credulity and Faith,
  3. Election News,
  4. This Week in Congress,
  5. Tech Dispatch and
  6. our latest Political Stickers and Such

Contact Us

We can be contacted via retorts@irregulartimes.com

Garden Utility

A voice within me looks at the rising red stems of these peonies and thinks, “They have no utility.” I eat no part of them. They are not native. As much as the bees enjoy them when in bloom, I know that a tomato or bean plant would provide as much nectar.

However, they keep a square foot of earth from the mower, and even before they flower, they make it easier for me to remain in the garden to tend the useful, earnest vegetable seedlings.

2 comments to Garden Utility

  • Tom

    i have a really strange tree peony in my front garden that has both purple and yellow blooms (it’s probably two plants intertwined, but it’s a real conversation piece and beautiful too).

  • MargaretRose

    Joy, beauty, sensation are all necessary for the soul. That in itself is utility. Be dazzled and amazed by your peonies. Share them; three peonies in a jelly jar are just the thing for a neighbor or a friend. Enjoy!

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>