Thursday, August 12, 2010
A Garden Tantrum
I spend much of my summer tending and playing in my garden-in-progress. This does not mean, however, that everything goes or grows according to plan (like my cauliflower) or how it looked in the magazine. Sometimes the vision is much simpler than the actual implementation. And hence, the owner of the idea, me, case in point, finds herself in a bind. And that bind
often, very rarely I mean, causes a bad, mild, temper tantrum.
I had this idea from last year to build a terrace in the garden so I could have a sitting area in the garden. This would be a place where there would be some shade, I could plant a pretty climbing clematis, and have a nice view of the garden, maybe even put a few solar lights to make it look nice even in the evening. So last weekend I started to build it......by. my. self. Now I only have 2 hands; I am 4'10, I can use various power tools quite well BUT IT JUST WAS NOT GOING ACCORDING TO MY PLANS!!! It was warm, I was frustrated, and the damn phone rings. REALLY?? And of course its my Mom and so I pitched a temper tantrum on the phone (without throwing the phone of course, Blackberries are too expensive to throw) and then my Daddy came over an hour later to help me:) See he was concerned I might hurt myself some how like dropping a 2x4 on my head. Now my Daddy and I worked very well together to get it all put up but he was concerned that I had not placed the posts perfectly square.......well what the heck, geometry was the only class in high school that I got a "D" in and I teach History now, a few inches ain't gonna kill me.
This is one of the views from the terrace.........I am loving that huge birdhouse gourd growing. Now speaking of gourds..............
So, I bought a few too many gourds at the garden center and didn't know where to put them. There was this empty space between the chicken coop and the fence so I planted them there not expecting them to do too much.........WRONG! Its like vines gone wild.
They are growing up the front and back of the chicken coop. There are little swan and turtle gourds all over the vines so I am hoping they will be good by mid-September. Last year my gourds did nothing and this year they are traveling everywhere! Its like the vines are having a temper tantrum!!!!
"Psst, hey Fletch, I have a secret to tell you."
Fletch, " What's the secret?"
"Its hot outside."
"No crap Sherlock, try wearing this wool coat you silly goat!"