What could be better than the sight of a fresh ripe tomato grown in your own little patch of dirt? Okay, lots of things, but let’s just be excited for a moment anyway. This is the earliest we’ve ever had ripe tomatoes! In past years I’ve been slower to put them out in the garden, and there were a few late freezes this year that I feared would prove I was too eager this year. But here they are and many more are on the verge of joining them at our table! Now I have to be patient for cucumbers, squash, tomatillos, okra, and peppers.
I was lazy yesterday. I did a few minor chores in the yard. I read for a couple of hours. I watched an old movie. I did some laundry. I napped. I worked on my next book. I took a few photos. A great way to end the week!
I almost missed a great photo opportunity! I went out to fill the birdfeeders and didn’t take the camera with me. Buddy was napping in the shade under the live oak tree and as I got closer to him I heard an odd noise. I looked up in the tree branches and there was a squirrel, clearly giving him a piece of her mind for blocking her escape from the tree! I quickly and quietly went into the house, got the camera and some cat food and lured Buddy away from the tree. Then I snapped a couple of shots before realizing the poor creature was truly scared, so I retreated to the patio and she returned to the huge bois d’arc where she usually stays.
I decided yesterday as I did a little weeding and deadheading that I’m not your typical gardener and I do a lot of things that would drive a sane person crazy! I call my gardening style “passionate chaos”. I am truly passionate about gardening and I can’t imagine not being able to watch plants grow. Even when we lived in the city I had pots of plants on the porch, front step, patio, window sill…whatever we had. I am also passionate about color and continuous blooms. I love critters and creatures. I like fragrance and lovely shapes. However, I have gotten very tolerant of weeds and I am no longer physically capable of having the pristine garden some of my friends consider the status quo. I like garden plans, but I seldom plan anything. I just have a “feel” for where something should go, although I admit to being wrong a few times. There is one spot in my garden that I refer to as “the black hole” because nothing will grow there for more than six months. If I tested the soil I might know why!
Aside from the weeds here and there, the real “chaos” in my garden comes from the fact that I love aggressive, invasive plants and I plant things in odd combinations. I won’t import an invasive plant from another area, but our own wildflowers serve me well. They require little water or care and attract insects. I also like to plant veggies in my flower beds! Lettuce, basil, rosemary, and oregano add interesting foliage and make good flower companions. Carrots and dill have pretty blooms and attract insects. I planted okra at the edge of a flowerbed that needs a little summer shade. I planted bush beans in between my daisies that will soon stop blooming. I planted a squash in the middle of a young flower bed that needs some time to mature. By the time I’m eating zucchini the young perennials will have spread a little. Next year they probably won’t tolerate a veggie companion. But this year…why should I waste the space?
So the old grandma is a little crazy! Works for me!
Yesterday was the official start of summer for a lot of folks! This is a long weekend filled with family, friends, and food. Unfortunately the holiday also means traffic, drinking, and fatigue. Just be careful out there!