Friday, September 11, 2009

Part II: Vegetable

{Grey Gardens at Green Valley Farm}

It's been a particularly rainy summer in New Jersey, and the farm had a certain overgrown wildness to it that reminded me, just a little, of the Beales's dilapidated kingdom in Grey Gardens (if you've never seen the documentary of the same name, it's a must. The recent HBO film adaptation with Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore is also to die for, but you have to see the documentary first in order to appreciate their uncanny performances.) The vegetable garden was a jungle of untamed tomatoes and toppled sunflowers. The old colonial garden choked with phlox, echinacea, butterfly weed, white hibiscus and lilies. But everything was just a little past its glorious prime; the spectacular overgrowth was ragged and beginning to rot here and there, and the loamy earth was beginning to smell like fall.

From top to bottom: cherry tomatoes, overgrown vegetable garden overrun with tomatoes and sunflowers, bushy hydrangea along a path, echinacea, sundial and moss, ragged hostas


  1. i have always wondered this, so may i ask? why did you choose to live in the desert? it is a beautiful environment i know, but is it work that brings people to live there or is it a deliberate choice of wanting to live in a hot and dry environment?

  2. lovely lovely lovely post to read first thing this morning with my slight red wine induced hangover. your pictures are stunning! xo

  3. That is EXACTLY what our tomatoes look like now. Except even more decrepit. I'm such an enthusiastic farmer in the spring...

    CAMERA! I use a Canon Rebel xti, so nothing fancy. And I have a few nicer lenses, which I think is the more important part. Right? At least that's what I've heard.

    But I reeeeallly want the new 5D.

    I love the desert. It much be so peaceful painting and living amongst the hills and rocks and cactus.


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