By Kim Charles


DeAnna Britt tells us a special garden story.

"My name is DeAnna Britt, and I garden in Everett Washington, on a quarter acre in the city. We have been here for 21 years, and the garden has evolved with me.

Here is a story that I wrote about the garden:

I am twenty-seven, and my husband and I just bought this little house on a quarter acre, and we are moving in with our three small boys; The Frog Catcher, the Sparkle-Eyed Toddler, and The Fat Baby with Red Hair. The land around the house suits us, empty and yet full at the same time, with patches of buttercup and hardy dandelion, yellow and green spilling into puddles without shape or form. I am very busy, and strong. Even with the fat baby on my back, I can do so many things. The old woman comes from the next house over, and tells me how glad she is to see my family move in. Her children played in this yard with the ones that lived here before, about fifty years ago, and she sees my boys and remembers. The Toddler interrupts us, and he is naked. He has buried his pants. I dig them up (they were his best ones, of course), and I see how rich the soil is, dark and fine, and then I notice the broken chicken coop over the new property line. I know that this was once a chicken farm and I am happy."

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Cottage with roses

Anastasia lilies guard the seating area

Cecil Brunner Kraken over the porch

The elderly ladie's house in the background

Cecil brunner overhead

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