Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Patience and the Garden

It has been raining for three days – temperatures in the high 40’s or low 50’s. More rain is forecast for the rest of the week.

The cuttings are waiting. I counted 42 coleus and other annuals in the house. They need to get out to harden off. The peppers are under lights. The newly purchased annuals (96 of them) are sitting around. I have seeds to plant and fencing to put up around the vegetable garden. There is a pile of mulch in the driveway. And, I know the weeds are growing.

Don’t get me wrong. I really wanted rain. The ground was dry and hard after unseasonably hot and windy week. But now I want to get out in the garden. As Carol at May Dreams Garden said in a recent blog post, “Embrace patience for a happier life in the garden.” It’s hard.



Kathy said...

Yes... rain is hard to take for a week (it seems). But, I tell myself that weeding is SO much easier after such a nice soaking rain...

Marie said...

During a break in the weather yesterday, I went on a weeding frenzy. The weeds did come out much easier. A very satisfying afternoon.

Marie said...

Here's a quote from Doug Green's Garden Newsletter "Last Words" this morning.

"God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.

A. Nonymouse"

Chandramouli S said...

Love your flowers! Are they Lavenders to the right and left of the photo?

Marie said...

Hi CS,

The gray leaves belong to Dusty Miller. They are an annual here but I find many live through our winters.

The gray leaves make an excellent backdrop for other annuals and a nice counterpoint to deep green perennials and evergreens.

Thanks for asking.