Morning coffee, hosta unfurling their eyes, the bloom of tulips, the blossoms of a crabapple, childhood...
Some things should not be rushed.
|Portion of the long border|
|Large blue hosta, maybe Blue Angel or Big Daddy|
|The front garden bed, usually filled with hosta by now|
The warm temperatures and delayed spring have made my crabapples leaf out and bloom simultaneously, sort of hiding the show. Rushed...
Some things do not look particularly healthy. I hate to say it, but my grass is one, I usually have a pretty nice lawn, which is actually more garden path and gets incidentally watered from the borders. Some lawns around here have sort of died out because of the drought of 2012 and the winter kill this past winter. I suppose I should count myself lucky.
Given what the plants in my yard look like, as I walk around, I have come to the realization that this year's theme should be to improve the health of the plants in the yard and the soil they grow in. I am going to be particularly fussy with ensuring plants get watered before they are stressed. I am going to add some compost rather than mulch this year to my beds, and I am going to fertilize my lawn. It might be a short growing season. (Rushed, again...) Plants need to store up the sugars in their root systems. If they don't, and we have a repeat of last winter, anything that hesitated to break dormancy this year will certainly be dead next year.
Gardening has taught me some degree of patience. as I look around my yard and count the things I have grown from seed or from a cutting, I realize, I cannot buy this landscape in a big box store. That was very apparent, last summer in the Garden Walk process, when visitors to my yard asked where I got this or that. I have things that can not be simply bought.
Gardening is a process. It evolves slowly. It is not rushed.