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Where the Wild Things Grow

IMG_3648About a week ago, I lopped off the Queen Anne’s Lace that grew taller than me this year. Iowa’s great rains this spring and fall made for extraordinary growth in everything from field corn to flowers. But those wonderful thunderstorms we’ve had really laid the Queen Anne’s Lace low…over some other flowers doing their best to thrive an/or make a national growth record, too.

Don’t you love the lace? These delicate “weeds” populate our ditches, but I wanted some as background for my other blossoms this year. I’m thinking next season, they might fit better in the hollyhock bed behind the garage, our alley brighteners.

Right now, I’m in Arizona, where great mountain rains have made for lush growth, also.



Pin oaks prosper, tall pines float the sky, and elk galore munch their way across our yard.


My husband spotted a tiny cactus growing out of a crack in the soil. We’ll see if it survives and still holds its place in this world when we return in late December.


When we get home in a couple of weeks, I wonder what the Queen Anne’s Lace will be like…will they have sprouted again, from the six-or-so inches I left above the ground.

As with plants everywhere, we’ll see.

About the Author:


Gardener/writer Gail Kittleson has been gardening just about everywhere she and her husband have lived, including Senegal, West Africa. Her favorite thing about gardening is the survival of plants over harsh Iowa winters, the anticipation of new growth, and eating fresh salads. When she’s not gardening she’s writing memoir and women’s historical fiction novels and teaching a creative writing class. You can learn more about her at http://www.gailkittleson.com



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