Obsession is the word that Karen Rossi uses to describe
her current fascination with gardening. The activity that started as a hobby has
now turned into a way of life. It comes as no surprise, however, for every pastime
that she's ever embraced has become all-consuming. It starts small, and then before
long, she finds herself totally lost in it.
As with any die-hard gardener, Karen's green thumbs
were itching to get her ceramic pots purchased and her seeds planted as early
as possible this year. The warm weather had barely begun before herbs were planted,
flowers were picked out, and stacks of pots took up residence in her garage. Six
trays of pansies were discovered during a weekend shopping trip, and every one
has since been placed all over the yard.
addition to her new seedlings, Karen was anxious to see which plants from last
spring would begin popping their little heads above ground once again. With this
being her first year to experience the re-growth of her perennials, Karen found
herself especially excited. However, for weeks, she was in a panic, as nothing
seemed to be growing. Before long, her fears were laid to rest as the yard began
to fill up with beautiful, new growth.
As a fairly new gardener, Karen's biggest challenge of the
year has been separating the weeds from the flowers. Until they grow big enough
to reveal their true identities, the little plants often leave Karen wondering.
Since she doesn't want to accidentally pull up any of her precious flowers, she's
taken to waiting. Also, she's found it helpful to leave the plant markers stuck
in the ground next to anything that she adds to the garden. Although it's become
a pet peeve for Greg, Karen is sure that it will make the task of identifying
Amazing Technicolor Garden
Whether she's creating masterpieces in
the garden or the art studio, Karen's love of color always shines through. Although
she envies gardeners who meticulously create monochromatic designs for their flowerbeds,
Karen finds that she just can't limit herself to one color family. Instead, she
prefers to revel in the rainbow of hues that has grown in her vibrant garden.
Such a garden seems suited to Karen, as the wide variation in color creates the
perfect reflection of her bright, cheerful sculptures and paintings.