Have I mentioned that I hold a charter membership in Lazy Gardeners of America? Yep. Been a member for years. You may not have heard of us before. We’re a low-key group. Few members want to advertize that they fit the club’s criteria: careless, reluctant, neglectful, forgetful, and unprepared. Some of us escape the notice of neighbors and friends because we possess another essential trait: luck. Nature often takes pity on our lack of skill and knowledge and lets us make up for it with good fortune. I have actually pulled up a plant from one flowerbed, thrown it into the corner of another flowerbed, and watched it flourish. Of course I have also paid $20 for a plant, carefully read and followed the care instructions, and watched my new acquisition die within weeks. That woman on Oklahoma Gardening makes it look so easy! What’s wrong with me?
Someone commented the other day that I must have a beautiful garden. No, not really. I have some beautiful flowers. But I have always believed that a garden is the result of planning, intention, and structure, accompanied by scheduled, diligent work. I’m a terrible garden planner. I’ve tried. I have excellent research skills and I can draw out a plan that will amaze you (for years I wanted to be an architect). But my plans seldom work out. I also have good intentions and would spend hours in the garden except for the fact that I can’t. Physically I have to balance my time doing manual labor or I won’t’ be able to do anything else. And as much as I would like to say that my garden is a high priority in my life, it really isn’t. During the school year there are garden chores that go undone, plants that suffer neglect.
So…that brings me to summer and the realization this week that I have neglected a LOT of things in the garden. There are about fifty things I would love to do this summer and I am trying to spend an hour a day “catching up”…but past experience tells me that probably will not happen. Before I have accomplished all that I want, it will be August and my efforts will again be focused on my classroom. But I will do what I can because I am totally addicted to this demanding pastime.
I suppose the sane and logical thing to do is tackle the big projects before the heat makes me even lazier. Then I can do some of the little things that only another gardener would notice. Yesterday the wind was blowing 30+ miles per hour and I had the silly thought that I would wait until a “calmer day” to work outside. Then reality slapped me in the face: the next calm day will be in July when it is 100+ degrees!! So I held onto my hat and did a few things that didn’t involve dust flying into my face. Now I am happy to report that one of my projects is complete!
Gardening is supposed to be relaxing, rewarding, and restorative. Sometimes it is. My personality is what also makes it an obligation that I don’t always embrace with enthusiasm! Oh, well…I have all summer.