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Where Exuberance Will Get You

I live in a jungle:

The Cottonwood Grove
The Cottonwood Grove

Technically, this is a zero-lot line house within spitting distance of the next zero-lot line house. The balcony wraps around two of these massive cottonwoods. We have an interior garden:

a garden spot
a garden spot

This is what it feels like when you walk out of the front door, through this garden spot, and onto the sidewalk:

The path to the world
The path to the world

I’ve over-planted the yard:

What used to be my front yard
What used to be my front yard

And I’ve extended the tiny yard by planting in the median between the sidewalk and the street:

healthy iris fronds
healthy iris fronds

I’ve unintentionally invaded the neighbor’s yard:

incipient annabelle hydrangea
incipient annabelle hydrangea

We can sit on our front porch and no one knows we’re there:

The hidden sitting area
The hidden sitting area

In case you’re worried, it’s not claustrophobic in there:

A glimpse of open space
A glimpse of open space

It all comes down to desire. I have plants in my yard because my grandmother grew iris, I passed spider lilies on my way to elementary school, my daddy loved Lenten roses, I fell in love with ferns when I went to Pickwick Lake the first time, I can’t get enough of hydrangeas, my uncle gave me a cutting from Mississippi’s largest fig tree (owned by my family) and from the rose bush my daddy gave his mother on Mother’s Day when he was a little boy:

Hebron's roses
Hebron’s roses

I have exuberant desire and a small yard. So now I live in a jungle. Thank God our house is on the Mississippi River. Nothing I can do can top that.

here’s to creative synthesis . . .

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