In response to both “stories” that have been posted here on nybg’s tumblr (one regarding the father-daughter’s emotional horticultural experience and one pointing us readers to what a blogger who calls her blog Mommy Poppins), I would like to weigh in to reiterate on the impact gardening has had on the life of children — or at least on a child who is my neighbor.
I live in the UWS of Manhattan where I have a lovely terrace garden, which I blog about frequently in my blog, The Last Leaf Gardener, and if you’d like to refer to it, you may do so by clicking on the “main” link to it which is posted below:
However, my weighing in with nybg’s tumbr today, is not regarding my blog, or my garden per se, instead, it is to share with nybg readers the delight that gardening brought to the very young boy who is my neighbor/gardener.
To provide you with a bit of orientation, dear reader, I have included “aerial” views of my garden and its relationship to the young boy’s (who lives immediately west of me and who calls himself “D-Man”) garden with two photographs (taken by Juan V ) with this narrative and one taken by yours truly from my garden looking down on to his garden.
The first image is a partial image of my terrace garden and even more of a partial image of D-Man’s terrace garden. The purple arrow (which I’ve added to the image) points to his garden, and since, I am posting this in response to your posts regarding Halloween-gardening, family and children, I have taken the liberty of including yellow arrows in the partial view of my garden, to show that it too, is decorated for Halloween.
The second image is a fuller view of my garden, with a turquoise-colored arrow, which has been added to show D-Man’s vantage point of my garden; and vice-versa.
The third image is a photograph which I took of D-Man’s garden and discussed in a blog entry this past June.
So, now that this orientation is in place, I would like to share what D-Man said about gardening and a link to his You Tube Video on pumpkin plants which he filmed and narrated in his garden and without further ado:
Here’s how D-Man “weighed in” with a comment on my blog, which he wrote this past June, in response to what I had written about both of our neighbors.
“Very nice garden! I wish I could get privacy from those neighbors also. They just stare at me and smoke when I tend to my garden.”
My response to this? “D-Man is a very talented young boy who lives in the building which is in between my building and the building that has the terrace where gawkers and smokers abide. He maintains a garden on a terrace one level below mine, and he is new to gardening. It is very exciting for me to see his earnest efforts as it reminds me of a quote from My Life in Art, a book by Constantin Stanslavski (a “pioneer” method acting teacher), which is this:
“You must love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art .” Stanslavski was speaking to actors who loved themselves in the field of theatre rather than finding the theatre within themselves, but I think the quote applies to so many folks involved in a variety of pursuits, including gardening. So many gardeners that I know are more concerned with the outcome of their gardens than with the the nuances that come from nurturing of them; however, this is not the case with D-Man. A refreshing example of his demure can be seen in a You Tube video that he has produced which can be seen by clicking on this link: My little Pumpkin Plant: :DDDDD: “:DDDDD”
Because D-Man’s video is about his pumpkin plant,I think it is most appropriate for me to it with the “nybg audience” at this time, so I hope you will refer to it and will enjoy its heart-felt production by the young gardener.