Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Why did the daisies come up so early and so gloriously, only to suffer some kind of malady and develop brown stems from the ground up, collapse and die? I thought it must be root rot, but can new growth arise from rotted roots? I wouldn't think so, but it's happening.
Why is it that 25% of the little shrubs I've been nurturing along for the past two years just decide to go kaput? All planted in the same area, same time.
Where the heck did our fabulous mass plantings of Blackeyed Susans go?
Without Mother Nature's challenges, I guess I'd be bored.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
That's a tall order! I look at the pictures I've taken when the gardens are in their midsummer glory, and then I look at the pictures I took two weeks ago (March 12th), and I confess I must renew my faith in myself as well as in Mother Nature.
Cleanup has begun, and is actually almost complete. It's good to have my hands back in the dirt. It's a creation thing. It's good, clean dirt.
Welcome back, me!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
- a cool and wet spring season brought us insects we've never seen before. In great numbers. They fascinate me and I wonder where they came from, and will they stick around for next year.
- the new gardens I began building last fall and completed this spring I LOADED UP with compost, and the result was monster growth by whatever I planted there. Gotta remember that next year, and add LOADS of compost to the older gardens so I can watch the joy unfold there, too!
- a few of our older gardens got rehabilitated, so now I'm eager to do an extreme makeover next year on some of the others!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
My routine ? A drastic change. I ADORE change! Once we hit the road, this blog will no doubt gravitate to a travelog of sorts: my role as gardener will fade to the background while me-as-wanderer will be taking center stage. I expect to uncover some fresh insights stimulated by things I've never seen before!
Stay tuned for SIX MONTHS OF THE SOUTHWEST, beginning mid-September! Be sure to check out our trip site at
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I kind of felt like an undertaker as I took these broken plants away. Then I felt like a grave-robber as I cut whatever "fresh" blooms I could for a bouquet for the office. Then I just felt really sad when I took the remains up to our compost pile.
All these feelings were negative, and I don't live well with negative feelings, so it was time to put on my Regain Perspective Hat and sit and think:
- Heck, sh*t happens -- I'm not in Paradise yet
- Don't mess with Mother Nature
- At least the office has a really cheerful vase full of flowers
- Next time, stake the darn plants before this happens
- Time to roll with the punches, go with the flow
- Suck it up and move on
- I took a deep breath, gave thanks for all the plants that didn't get flattened (the Mexican Sunflowers are awesomely strong).
- I just planted a new batch of Cosmos and Hollyhocks. They WILL be staked.
- I'm going out to buy a new supply of stakes.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
My gardening and landscaping endeavors have been, for the most part, quite successful. I bask in the daily oohs and aahs of the campers walking the various garden paths; I humbly say "thank you" a zillion times a week when I'm told how wonderful the lavish gardens are. But for all that, I can't say I have a green thumb, just a great passion. I'm no professional, just a hobby gardener who learns as she goes and who relies on internet sources for her continuing education, and who, with the help of all the garden gods, continues to create happy accidents in these gardens.
To help me believe that I do indeed have a green thumb, I'm seriously considering painting my thumb green (or having it tattooed). Sometimes a person just believes better with visual aids!