As usual at this time of year, I’m starting to think about flowers, imagining the beauty of perfectly planned flower beds. And vegetables–all in neat,
Under my care, vigorous, healthy plants become leggy and sparse, or simply give up altogether, and crafty weeds intertwine throughout the rows the minute my back is turned. Weeds, it turns out, are something for which I actually do have a talent, though one plant has actually become rather scary.
See the rose bush in the top photo? My dh used the loader on his tractor to bring up a nice load of…ahem…dirt from behind the horse barn before I planted it. That bush tries to crawl across the sidewalk and sends branches up the steps by August every year, and it takes over the flower bed next to it if I don’t keep after it with shears. It’s almost as if it wants to come right in the house, and it’s starting to remind me of something out of Little Shop of Horrors.
Notice my nice, neat garden early last spring. There was hope! And below…what it looked like after we were gone for just TWO WEEKS in the summer. How fair is that? Why don’t the veggies grow crazy and take over?
Every spring is a chance for new beginnings, and I plan for it to be the year I succeed. Who knows…maybe 2013 will be my banner year!
Do you have flower or vegetable or flower gardens in the summer? Do you have favorite flowers that you plant every year?