Ah this is not always so easy. Especially after several HARD rains, the kind where raindrops each weigh about five pounds and wash away roads. My proud stand of zinnias took a hard hit last week, so hard that many of the plants actually broke off at the base of the stalk.
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
Moving on I am:
- 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.