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The author's exuberant new front garden, with Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii, Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima) and other grasses, Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas), and California poppies (Eschscholzia californica)

I had never thought of my garden as a metaphor for my marriage. Nor as a reflection of my life after divorce. It took my sixteen-year- old son, standing thoughtfully at the curb, looking back and forth, back and forth—between his dad’s garden on the south side, and mine, on the north—to make the connection. Yep, across the street from each other: forgotten but not gone; out of mind, but not out of sight. I’ve heard it all—and much, much worse.

To be fair to me (the offending party who moved so near after the relatively quiet breakup of a twenty-year marriage), I am not directly across the street from my ex’s house. I am across and over—a knight’s move away. But more significantly, I am behind a colorful forest of Echium, Euphorbia, and some startling fuchsia roses that grew unexpectedly from my freedom.

My son’s recent comment revealed an unconscious deliberation in my garden...

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