Okay, I’m going to go ahead and own up to it- I’m a COMPLETELY grouchy gardener right now.
It’s not gardening that’s making me grouchy, it’s the *lack* of gardening. This entire month has been super-soggy. At first, the plants seemed to enjoy it. But then, when it didn’t let up, they all seemed to shrivel back. Some of my most hearty plants have just gone dormant, or have begun to shed leaves. Yesterday one of my hibiscus bloomed and all three flowers were tiny and sort of folded in on themselves. I took pity on the plant and cut it back so it won’t bloom right now, it can put all its energy into sustaining itself.
The only work I have really been doing is sweeping up leaves, picking out snails (and relocating them…), and going through the containers in my garden and skimming the surface of dead rotting leaves. And there’s not even much of that.
The seeds I planted mostly got washed away. The ones that took are sort of just staying tiny, waiting to see if they can swim. It’s very disconcerting.
I’m hoping the rain lets up soon. At this point, my plants will need a week or more to dry out just a bit and begin to recover. Ever day I check the weather and hope for a day of scorching sun, but every day there’s the little thunderstorm icon.
I remember when I first started really gardening, it was two years ago, September. I bought saucers for all my containers. Ha ha ha ha. Now we have a pile of saucers in the garage. yesterday I replanted my bromeliads and the soil in the pot was pretty much soupy clay, all the way to the bottom.
I just *miss* the daily routines in the gardening. I miss the watering. I miss the little bits of growth that all the plants make, even just in a day. I miss seeing life- now it seems like my garden has become this little struggle to survive. It’s actually a bit painful, to be honest. I mostly miss the time spent out there, tending to the plants, helping them out. I almost feel like I’m making them suffer or something (yes, I know….)
Gardening has become such a huge part of my every single day that just a few weeks without it has made me incredibly bummed. I guess that’s a good thing. I just have to keep reminding myself that in just a FEW weeks, there will be the true autumn boom, plants will grow more than I can keep up with, and there will be almost *too* much to do, so much so that it will take several days to do everything I’d like to accomplish in one gardening session.
Just a few more weeks. Just a few more weeks…