The garden designer returns.
To my garden.
I made myself up a little "to do" list so that she won't think I'm a lazy gardener if she might happen to look around.
I need to...
Spot weed. I should at least pull any obvious weeds because I won't be here to explain them away as some kind of horticultural experiment that I'm conducting. Back up plan is to put up a sign that says "All weeds are part of an important experiment, please leave alone. Sponsored by iGROW."
Deadhead. If I can't dead head, maybe I should put little tags around some of the spent blooms to make it look like I've marked those to save the seeds from.
Plant. I still have "a few" plants on the front porch that should be potted up or hidden away. Did I say hidden away? What I meant to say was move them to the back somewhere and put them in a location that makes it look like I... well, no excuses. Everything gets planted tonight, even if it is into a plant holding area.
Tidy up. The garden designer is planting the copse near the vegetable garden so in case she glances that way I need to pull out the bolted lettuce. I won't be there to explain how good bitter bolted lettuce is! But it is kind of interesting so maybe it can pass as an ornamental plant?
Dig up. There are just a few more plants to dig up around the patio, or where the patio used to be. The "patio" is now a big sand pile, with the brick pavers all stacked up neatly nearby. I'm going to dig those plants up and take them to work. Free plants! Black eyed Susans, Shasta daisies, lily of the valley, rose campion, phlox, 'Stella d'Oro daylilies, to name a few that I need to dig out. If I don't get them dug out, I'll just put a sign in the middle of that area that says "Free plants, dig what you want and I'll take care of the rest", so it looks like I am offering them to her first.
Once I get through this "to do" list, I think my garden will be quite ready for the garden designer to see again, and she won't think I'm a lazy gardener.