This spring was unusually cool and full of rain. The result was a long period of spring bloom that seemed to stay fresh and picture perfect for a protracted period.
I knew I should grab a camera or at least my iPhone and take some photos.
But I have this contrary quirk of wanting to bask in the moment, simply experiencing the beauty and fragrance, or the curious activity of birds, bees, and butterflies.
I think I did snap a few, but mostly not.
The gorgeous heirloom peonies bloomed and then flopped, as we reached close to the 90’s this past week. The viburnums came, bloomed gloriously, and then went.
The Diablo ninebark has very good bloom right now with my Therese Bugnet rose and some clematis.
How quickly hot temperatures and brisk breezes dry everything out, though.
Planting has momentarily ceased; and after the first pickings of radishes I fear that the remainder of the crop is now overly “done” and probably uncomfortably hot for my palate.
During those rainy, cold weeks of our Ohio spring, I took off for the South for a few weeks. You should have seen the weeds and the long grass when I returned! Some still standing, since I only had energy to work on the veggie garden area and the front “bulb lawn” isn’t quite ready for first cutting.
I blame that break in Florida and Georgia for putting me off my work schedule. (Not really, but that is my story). The truth is that this year I am going to work at whatever pace I can manage and refuse to feel guilty about how terrible this garden blogger’s yard looks! Instead I plan to just enjoy the process, rather like I do when I should be taking photos.
I just sit, or stand, stare up through the trees and gaze at clouds.
Sometimes I come back to earth and start making mental lists of all the garden chores stacking up. Right before I move on to all the household tasks that are waiting for me, as well…
Then I pull out my computer and write about it! LOL!
Thankfully, I have lots of film footage and photos taken from other seasons to provide fodder for my projects when that happens.
I’m not always so remiss in my RL work, but it looks like this will be a hot dry summer, and the best way to handle that is to focus on one job at a time.
Hopefully, the heat will result in good tomatoes and peppers. And perhaps some organizing and writing while hiding inside in our one air conditioned room.
I can be optimistic, hopeful, and positive… or I can complain and feel defeated and guilty about all the things I haven’t done. Which will it be?
And for a topic of conversation … what’s with all the ticks this year? I can’t go outside without at least one dropping on me from somewhere…
Are they bad where you live?
Kylee Baumle says
Gosh, Ilona. I could have written every word of this. Except for the peppers. I don’t grow those.
Ilona Erwin says
What no peppers?!:) Yes, we suffer/benefit from many of the same storm systems. I think your part of Ohio gets more reliable rain and snow cover than mine.
Well, I can’t give you any insights into the weather where I am, because we’re neighbors! LOL It’s terribly dry already, and I’m discouraged. I shouldn’t be so shocked, because it usually is, but still. I always hope for a rainy summer, and last one we actually had one! So I’ll continue to dream about a summer with plenty of rain.
Ilona Erwin says
The jury is still out on the way the summer goes, but I was surprised that the conditions resulted in so much fruit this year! I do recall a summer with cooler temps and good rainfall throughout the summer. It was one of the most comfortable and great for blooms.