I’ve been trying to keep up around here.
It’s difficult to keep up with tasks in the garden at home while working so much. Owning what feels like thousands upon thousands of plants I just can’t keep up. I sometimes feel like an ill-fated character in a Charles Dickens novel. What’s the moral of this tale? Why am I doing this? I dunno. By the time I get to this point I’ve fallen into hysterical laughter.
I know I have a lot of friends who love to live this crazy life.
Maybe you’re one of us too?
What wrong did I do to deserve all of these weeds? Why are we swimming through spring to summer? Why? Why? Why?
At least I’m getting to some pruning. And I am removing and cutting back hard. Limbs from trees and shrubs are being cut. Gardening is maintenance but with an eye toward careful artful pruning. But you must be patient for things to grow. So many great plants take much patience.
But weeding… Oh I curse the heavens!!! I shake my small swollen arthritic and lightly clenched fists at you!!!
Some parts of the garden are much better though, and as things grow, I’m really happy.
Part of that happiness comes from having made decisions. So much stress comes from worry. Life is short. Make a decision and make it happen. If it’s the wrong choice, choose again.
A happy plant this year is one that I wasn’t sure about how to plant. I had a few and the pretty one below is the one that made its mark on me. I can’t get enough of it. It’s taken some time to get to this size. Geranium palmatum is only hardy down to zone 8 so not all of you can grow it. This took a few years to look this stunning. (You can’t bring this one in easily to protect it.)
It’s a glorious bloomer. I will collect as many of its seeds as I can to sell in my new shop, but I am sure that I’ll be weeding a few of these along with the weeds.
It doesn’t give me a rash though like a few of the weeds.
Oh the weeds!!!
This Saturday I will open the garden again to Hardy Plant Society members, but I do so in the hopes that they can meet a horticulturist in her garden. My plant garden lab is lush and full this year.
I look forward to greeting guests again, and here’s to late summer! I’ll be open again soon and hope that things will be just right…