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Wildflowers in Bloom

This little alley between the weather-worn fence and concrete-blue shingles at the side of the house is guarded by an old wood trellis, foggy-red paint peeling tangled with fuzzy-leafed vines of blue-purple morning glories— My morning glories. An enormous fern spreads its feathery fronds, a gate across the tough cobblestone path, lined by two rows of sunflowers, towering, blocking out the sky beacons for shimmering dragonflies and plump honeybees— And for me. These messy morning glories and too-tall sunflowers have no place in my mother’s garden, but they are my joy. The weeds she laments, sprouting thickly in the cracks are my wildflowers—sunny dandelions, grape hyacinths, mini-pansy violas— But her obstacle. But there are no dragonflies in Mother’s garden And I wonder if she would have seen the wildflowers and the secret gate If she hadn’t been thinking of hydrangeas, tomatoes, and weeds.

Wildflowers in Bloom

This little alley between the weather-worn fence and concrete-blue shingles at the side of the house is guarded by an old wood trellis,...