And now, it is time for the REALLY important stuff:
READY, SET, PLANT!
Armed with numerous seed packets, promising spurting growth and endless and delightful summer color, and 85 roots that simply thrill the mind's eye with images of 6 foot Hollyhocks and Bright blue Delphiniums spreading for yards and yards, one cannot help but be excited.
It is what we gardeners strive for; All that COULD be.
We garden-folk are exceedingly positive thinkers; THIS years garden will be the very best and THIS year, the Lavender WILL produce basket's full of blooms and THIS YEAR, that penstemon seed will really take off and those miniature pumpkins won't rot on the vine.
Here is what I admire about those who "toil in the soil";
we don't really think of it as toil or work...even though it is. When you are digging that hole to sink the naked and dead-looking bare-root rose, you are thinking about a fabulous, heavenly scented, fat bush filled with luscious, cascading pink roses.
When you carefully bury the scraggly looking Phlox root, give it a good drink and mark the spot, you are imagining how gorgeous those tall lilac colored bunches of bloom will look amongst the even taller pink coneflowers and the shorter blue catmint.
Scattering minuscule seed hither and yon causes you to reflect on how wondrous it will be if those red Poppies actually DO come up and bloom at the same time as the deep Blue Bachelor Buttons.....and the pale blue Toadflax.
Gardeners are dreamers AND doers.
A beautiful garden is a lot of work, but it is soulful and satisfying work.
By the end of a gardening day, you may be sweaty, covered in soil, and aching from head to toe... but you know that what you've done is to create a garden... a wonderful, wonderful
And every day, it gets even better.
If you get 2 gardeners together, the conversation can go on for hours with talk which may seem like a foreign language to those who haven't caught the garden bug.
And speaking of bugs....
The insect hotel we built last year has been a huge success.
Just watch them as they work!
After all the newly hatched bees moved out, the emptied tubed were soon being refilled by more mother bees laying eggs and building walls.
Here is the link for building this bee havenIt seems that everyone is busy in the garden, yet,
We still need a place to sit, and imagine.....
and a place to think...
about where to put that great garden prop you just discovered.
So, to all of my fellow garden lovers, let's go outside and get our gloves dirty!
PS. WOW! Mulch was on sale today, 5 bags for$10.