I really must stay clean today because I am going to my niece's wedding and it just won't do to be other than clean.
This means that I must stay out of the garden.
Even though I think the containers and plants waiting for new homes on the front porch could use a splash of water, I'm afraid to water them.
I know if I get out the watering can, fill it up, carry it to the plants, and then water them, somewhere between filling and emptying the watering can, I might splash water on myself.
Or I might realize too late that the watering can had dirt on the side of it and that dirt has inexplicably transferred itself to my pants.
I dare not go outside because I might see a weed and reach down to pull it out. Just one weed, how could I get dirty pulling it? Oh, let me count the ways. I could pull up the weed and in the process bring up a bunch of dirt that then splatters on me.
Or if that doesn't happen, I might get dirt on my hands when pulling the weed and without thinking, wipe my hands on my pants. Oops, I'm well on my way to perfecting my "eccentric aunt who gardens" look.
Or I could forget that I pulled the weed and then at some awkward moment at the wedding, look down at my hands and discover that I have fresh dirt under my fingernails.
I could run out to the garden for just a minute and end up ten minutes later with a trowel in my hand for who knows what planting emergency and then see above about hands and pants and add swipes of dirt to my arms.
Or I could see something under a big shrub to tend to like a weed and find myself carefully crouching down to reach it, trying hard not to actually kneel on my knees, but then kneeling anyway and when I get up, besides now having dirty knees, I have little bits of fading flowers and twigs in my hair.
Later, someone at the wedding will point out that I have something in my hair. When I reach up with my now dirty hand to get it out, I might accidentally side swipe my face with my hand that has dirt on it and end up with a big smudge on my face.
On and on it goes. There are so many scenarios I could list that involve the garden and my difficulty with staying clean.
I really must just sit and wait quietly for the wedding, and then tomorrow, I can return to my usual gardening self. Thank goodness it is also raining, so sitting quietly and staying out of the garden on a Saturday in May is just a little bit easier.
Though, if I use an umbrella, maybe I could sneak out to the vegetable garden to pull a radish or two for lunch and somehow miraculously stay clean?
I really must stay out of the garden...
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Ah yes, the merry month of May, the month when the sky is blue, the grass is green, the sun is warm and the garden is all new again. I dream of the days of May...
Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, we are still enjoying a relatively slow start to spring. I can see from looking at past bloom day posts that many plants are blooming about a week later than in past years.
In Plopper's Field, the alliums are dominating the other blooms which are mostly all buds.
I planted these giant alliums in the fall of 2011, so this is their second spring to bloom. I'm happy see they've returned. They had a rough start because I realized after I planted them that I had planted them upside down. Good thing the bulbs have a sense of direction and know which way to send the roots and which way to send the shoots.
Near the patio, gilliflowers, Dianthus, are starting to bloom.
gilliflowers is not the most common of common names for Dianthus, but I discovered it this past winter and like it, so I'm using it. Maybe it will start a trend?
These dwarf columbines are flanked by two growing swaths of blooming Sedum ternatum under the honeylocust tree in the garden border I call Bird's Blanket.
I have other columbines growing throughout the garden, progeny of Aquilegia 'Tower Blue', 'Tower Pink' and 'Black Barlow' that I grew from seed a decade or so ago.
I have a new shrub blooming on the edge of Woodland Follies, at the beginning of the path I call Ridgewood Avenue. (Yes, you can ask me why I call my garden path Ridegewood Avenue, or follow the link for the answer.)
At the other end of the Woodland Follies garden border sits this large snowball bush in full bloom.
There is more blooming in my garden - after all it's May. I have strawberries blooming in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral and tulips still blooming in the front garden. The quamash is in bloom and will soon be joined by blue dogbane, ox-eye daisies, and salvia. And because it is a slow spring, I think I'll have time to enjoy it all.
What's blooming in your garden in this month of May?
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
It grows in Plopper's Field, which is starting to fill in nicely.
There aren't many spots left in the garden border I call Plopper's Field where I generally plop in perennials wherever they will fit. I'll have to do some sorting out in this area to see if there are some "undesirables" to evict to make way for more plants.
Or more likely I'll figure out other areas of the garden to plant new plants in.
I spent much of the afternoon in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral where I made good progress on weeding out the flower border that runs along the fence from one end of the garden to the other. This flower border is now a blank canvas, except for a few clematis vines trained to grow on trellises leaning against the fence and an old 'Hyperion' daylily.
I am a tiny bit concerned because some evening primrose found its way to this border. I grubbed out as much as I could today but I expect I'll have to be vigilant in weeding it out for the next ten years to be really rid of it.
|The Vegetable Garden Cathedral|
In the meantime, I'm beginning to harvest lettuce, spinach, spring onions, and radishes and hope to soon see blooms on the peas. I think I will also have a bumper crop of strawberries this year.
Life is good in the garden, especially in May when the skies are blue, the sun is warm, the grass is green, and the garden is all new again.
Friday, May 10, 2013
|This is not a portkey|
Garden idea number 5,439...
I think I will add a portkey to my garden.
A portkey, as fans of the Harry Potter books and movies know, is an ordinary object that is enchanted so that when someone touches it, it transports them to another place.
I need to decide first what the ordinary object will be.
Should my portkey be a boot? A bowl? A basket?
Next I need to decide where the portkey will transport me to.
I think my portkey will transport me to England, perhaps to one of the great flower shows like Chelsea or Hampton Court. Or may be it will take me to a famous garden or a dozen famous gardens in England?
Finally, I need to get my story straight so that when someone visits my garden and asks about the portkey, I'll be able to explain it, and then I will forbid them to touch it.
I hope one day my portkey, or some other travel method, like maybe a plane, will transport me to England. A gardener's dream...