It is a fact of life that no matter what we are endeavoring to accomplish, obstacles often appear on our path when we least expect them. However, in gardening there are times when we all know that our efforts to maintain order and beauty must be relentless or we will lose everything we have achieved. We expect a fight, and most of us are prepared for it! These next six to eight weeks in Oklahoma are just such a time.
The ground is cracking from lack of water so I must drag my hose out each morning and do what I can to keep my plants alive. I am especially careful to meet the water requirements of my trees. Everything else can easily be replaced if necessary.
Grasshoppers are worse than they have been in years! They are devouring my yellow cannas, but leaving the orange ones intact. I have no explanation for this phenomenon. They have also taken big bites out of the fig leaves.
Some yet-to-be-identified creature is stripping the leaves from my coneflowers and leaving brown skeletons in their place.
Ants are attacking the okra and I also discovered a large mound under one of my young trees.
Crab grass is going to seed and each day I find some that I overlooked earlier.
Thistles are going to seed in the pasture and the seeds are flying into the yard like confetti at a parade.
But as my grandmother always said, “This too shall pass!”