|July looked best|
You know how people like to summarize their year during December and especially at the turn of the year? Well, this is that time for Gardeners.
Premature you say? For me, I will yet again be absent from my garden and al that remains for me to do this year is planting and preparing for the next spring. The vegetable gardening will consist mainly of cleanup, and for some reason I am anticipating an early frost and onset of cold.
Every year for the past 7 or 8, I have been saying, promising, vowing to stay with my garden during the growing season. To be there when it most needs me, during planting in the spring, early summer weeding, and late summer harvest, and early fall planting.
I said that, and planned it in this year, 2014, as well.
What happened? I have little to report on except for what I didn't do during the last part of the summer. My raised vegetable beds went to seed, the self seeded tomatoes took over the kitchen garden. And thistle invaded and made itself at home in the driveway beds.
Everywhere in my garden, the signs of neglect mock and jeer at my former promise of taking care of my garden plots this year.
Again, far more than any previous year, I put priority on spending my time in Atlanta with children and grandchildren. Not sorry, but having to pay the piper when it comes to many of my own plans. I have been there for more than two months over the summertime, in two visits.
The determination to make final headway in decluttering had also pushed aside the call of the flower beds, tending to trees and shrubs, and tidying the garden. And oh, I had started so enthusiastically, so diligently.
Yet, the inside of the house received far more of my time and efforts this summer. I managed to make real progress, and that is something I can't regret! Cleared and renovated two bedrooms, cleared half the attic and assorted other spaces were given a lick and a promise.
|Overgrown canes of Scotch roses and poison ivy were removed from the side of the house. what you don't see are the piles of branches removed for the burn pile and the strands of poison ivy that was removed to what I call the "rot pile".|
What Do You Consider Success?
- Are you happy to make headway on resolutions, or do you give up after giving it the old college try?
- Do you need to attain perfection? Does all else bow to the demand of this perfect accomplishment?
- Do you tailor your life to smaller goals, so that the final results look better and the work is easier?
In The GardenNature does not wait for our convenience, and fills in our absence with plantings and growth of its own making.
I would call this a year of mixed results and outcomes, in the garden and in life. But being an individual of rosy far-sighted vision, I tend to make my decisions and priorities based on my belief that the short term sacrifices for long term goals will make the best choices. A year of weeds or even a decade of second class gardening is worth the exchange of showing the people in my life that they matter.
We each live with the choices we make, and spend the resources we have. The way that balances out in measurable benefit is not always discernable to those outside our own experience. I believe we must make our peace with that fact.
....And there is always next year.
Successes in My Garden
- Cucumbers! I grew lovely, delicious cukes this year.
- Sunflowers and wildflowers. The sunflowers reseeded, and american Meadows supplied seed for some pretty wildflower patches.
- Trimmed and kept a few areas of the garden well, they will be easy to renovate this fall.
- Had pretty Spring flowers.
- Cleared long neglected side garden of poison ivy and overgrowth this past June/July
- Enjoyed some of the loveliest summer weather in memory, here in Ohio.
- Removed winter losses without too much sorrow.
|The Beauty Bush came into its own in June|
|There were small joys here and there, heucheras!|
|pink petunias by the driveway|