The Bewildered Gardener


You might have heard of The Chic Gardener, the Savvy Gardener, the Confident Gardener and even the Skinny Gardener … but if I were to write a gardening book, I think I might have to name mine, The Bewildered Gardener.  My philosophy to gardening is to buy a plant with a tag that tells me that I am to place it in the sun or the shade and plant it thus.  Then I forget about it and a few weeks later I am either surprised with delight or struck with the resignation that my experiment didn’t work.  I either think, “Wow, Cathy, you have one green thumb.” or I think, “Gee, Cathy, it’s probably better that you use your thumb (along with other fingers) to draw.”

About 6 weeks ago, I bought two little squash plants.  (I was inspired by the great squash success of my friend and designer, Leslie Lewis Siegler, who now lives in sunny California.  You can find a great squash recipes from Leslie’s blog here.  Of course, she is planting in lush verdant California, while I am planting on top of a limestone hill, but still.)  So, I applied my gardening method to the two little squash babies by planting them in the sun, as instructed, and, then promptly forgetting them. Today, when I went outside to pat the dog, I looked down and, SURPRISE,  there under the huge fat prickly leaves were two yellow squash blossoms.  Then I looked closer and realized that there were eight!  I am a squash growing ninja!  Now, I will go back into my state of horticulture speculation and wonder whether the flowers will actually turn into squashes  that can be eaten by humans before the bugs or birds.  I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, happy summer from The Bewildered Gardener.

P.S. Below, I am dreaming of my possible new squashettes.  I’m not sure if I planted yellow squash or zucchini, so I am dreaming of both.



  1. Leslie August 12, 2010

    Dear Bewildered Gardener,

    Your squash blossoms are beautiful–that’s a good sign! I can’t wait to hear about what you make with your upcoming squash surplus (it will happen!). Best of luck!

    Leslie, The If-I-Didn’t-Live-in-SoCal-I’d-be-out-of-luck Gardener

  2. mhollyman August 12, 2010

    You know that you can stuff or fry the squash blossoms for a very tasty treat. I haven’t done it myself, but I keep thinking I should try to!

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    Cathy Heck August 13, 2010

    That is a great idea Minnie, because I don’t have much hope for real squashes … it is sweltering here and all my plants are sagging. :-) Cath

  4. Muv August 14, 2010

    Will you share your great recipe using creamcheese and a little garlic in the breadcrumbs when you start using up all your squash?

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