So this is what happens when you abandon your garden for 11 months: a lovely bronze fennel decides to take root in your open bag of mushroom compost.
I'll transplant it soon - nearby, next to a large clump of bronze fennel.
Last August 6th I said goodbye to the Airstream, and later in August - after a quick trip to Japan and a rare Virginia earthquake, I summarized the move. Over the year I returned to South Carolina and the Airstream and the garden five times for week-long visits - visits where I frantically mowed, weeded, watered (and met friends at my favorite restaurants) - but as all of you gardeners know, five weeks out of 11 months isn't much time (although I must say I was grateful that the position supported visits home and to work in the lab).
The garden is in bad shape. It will get better.
Living in the DC area for close to a year was a wonderful experience.
But I'm really glad to be home - in my neglected garden and space-constrained Airstream.