My garden is one of the joys of my life. Unfortunately, it's one of the disappointments too! I work, strive, plan, exhaust, plant, move, dig, mulch, envision, beg, pray, coddle, curse, rip out, and in the end say..."There's always next year". Over the years the trees have gotten bigger and shade more of the yard. We had one year (last spring/summer) where we couldn't do any work in the garden because we BOTH had knee problems. He had knee replacement, I had a torn meniscus which was operated on in October. During that short time we lost almost all of our grass (the dog has some responsibility in that too). A garden bordered by ugly red clay and spotty weeds is not a pretty sight.
But there was a time when the garden was so pretty. The deer stayed away which gave a pretty tulip time...
The Viburnum was spectacular...
The Bearded Iris had a wonderful year.
The Clematis was prolific (each year after it's blooms have lessened until I only had a few last year).
I was good about keeping the garden watered which benefited the impatience which bloomed beautifully.
It was a good year in the garden. It was 2008. It's had moments of prettiness since then, but the perennials have steadily declined. Some of the daylilies haven't bloomed. Several perennials have completely disappeared. Tulips are eaten by the deer. And that grass is long gone. I've been promised new grass this year, but it hasn't been planted yet (he's been working diligently at painting a bedroom for me).
But friends, this year I plan to have that beautiful garden again. I've got my money in my sock drawer. I've been saving every penny I can find. I didn't plant tulips, but I'll get some deer spray and see if the daylillies will bloom. I'm going to get out there, even if it's hot. It's Georgia...it's going to be hot. And I need to water, water, water.
I'm excited. I'm stoked. I'm ready!
I'm participating in Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer