Saturday, May 28, 2011

No Rest for the Weary

There are days I'm just not loving this whole gardening thing.

Today was one of those days.

I had to show houses this morning and was back home by 1:00 PM.  I worked outdoors until 6:30 PM.

You would think after five and a half hours, I'd see a difference.


I got the front deck containers done and then it was just hours and hours of planting pass-alongs that really look like crap, all floppy and what not.  Day lilies, pachysandra, lilies of the valley, may apples... all in their permanent beds but not looking so keen.

I'll post photos of those beds when I feel they're somewhat worthy.

I found the containers at Christmas Tree Shop and they're made of something called Fireclay whatever.  Of course, they're made in China, and I hope the Chinese understand that I don't want to haul these things into the garage in the winter.  My understanding is that they won't crack.  We'll see.  If what they did with drywall is an indication of what's to come, I'll be replacing these next spring, as I absolutely will not move them.

I'm not a big annuals/container person but I understand that they have their place in the garden.  This was just all about color and I didn't want to spend more than $50 for the three planters.

I came in at $44 and change.

In the process of messing around outdoors today, I saw a bloom on the Knock Out Rose in My Father's Garden.  That brought a smile to my face, at least for a minute.

The next two days are all about chores:  weeding, raking, cleaning, tilling.

I'm exhausted.

And I keep telling myself.... it will all pay off in the end.


  1. Starting gardens from scratch is so discouraging. I was overwhelmed and not happy with how everything looked so puny and scraggly for about two years. Then one day (in year 3) I looked up from something I was doing in the ground, and stopped in my tracks. It wasn't yet full or lush but it was beautiful and I could see the potential. Hang in there, you have such great structure and space going for you! Plants grow.

  2. Awww Laurrie, thanks so much for writing. It's true. You just work and work and work and it looks so bad. I know about Year 3... it's the year they LEAP. These sleep and creep phases require more patience than I can stand some days. It's why I had to get containers going. Needed to see ANYTHING happening.



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