Dear Friends and Gardeners: I’m baaaaaaaack!

Dear Dee and Carol,

Oregon Coast, 2009
Oregon Coast, 2009
This is a good picture, a HAPPY picture, not to be confused with the dismal picture that is the garden at Ranch du Bois, week 21.

I essentially left my garden to fend for itself for the last 9 days. We arrived home in the dark last night, and from what I can see from inside the house, it is NOT pretty out there. To misquote Jesse Ventura when he was governor of Minnesota, the state of the state ain’t so great. So, this is a different kind of post: things I hate about my garden:

*my beloved raspberries, are drying up on the canes. Yes, they’ll come back in the fall.
*grasshoppers the size of housewrens. Yes, I am exaggerating but if you could see their chomp marks on everything you would hate them, too.
*I think something is wrong with the sprinkler system. Things are dead and struggling that shouldn’t be, even in this heat.
*several of the apples on my espaliered trees are sun burnt.
*damned spotted spurge everywhere. I lay partial blame on my neighbors who, for some goofy reason, have let their lawn dry up and go to hell, making the perfect breeding ground for weeds.

Yes, gentle friends, this happens every year, I am overcome with a crushing sense of gardening ennui. The sense of boredom, weariness and dissatisfaction with the garden has settled in for the dog days of summer. In case you were wondering, here’s the definition of dog days : the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11; and a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.


The good news is this: I bought that CSA subscription so I can go pick up my Yukon gold potatos, zukes, cukes, and green beans this afternoon.

But other than that, you can find me pouting in the Lily Pond with an ice cold rhubarbtini.

7 thoughts on “Dear Friends and Gardeners: I’m baaaaaaaack!”

  1. So that’s what’s wrong with me. I know how you feel, and I haven’t even had a nice vacation. One of my favorite Columbines is dying for unknown reasons, the Japanese Beetles are out of control, and I’m dissatisfied with the way the garden looks. I think we should both have a rhubarbtini.

  2. We’re glad you’re back. I’m sick of my veggie garden too. Not productive at all, and I understand your frustration. The good part is you are so funny when you’re perturbed.~~Dee

  3. I agree with dee. you’re cute when you get hot and bothered.
    and the 9 days at the beach were so worth it, weren’t they?

  4. Mary Ann, hope you had a great time on vacation. And that it was a little cooler for you. Are you suffering from the unusual heat the NW is having? We’ve had a cooler and wetter summer than normal so my lack of interest in the gardens and containers has not yet appeared for me. Most times by now I am sick of watering, the heat and the bugs. The bloomers are doing so well this year, it is still a joy to be out there with them.

    I am sure you will have your garden back in shape in no time. Just be careful of the heat.

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