The days have flown by since my last post - so much going on! The end of the school year brought a flurry of activity, especially since this was also the end of high school for my youngest and she now prepares for the next adventure - college. I've been trying to work in the gardens, but between the late cool weather we've had, the rains and winds, then the graduation festivities, hosting a grandson's birthday, the sudden illness and death of a friend's husband, and several unexpected drop-in visits from friends and relatives of late, the gardening simply hasn't progressed like I had planned. And then one of the big dogs got into the garden - again - and made a mess of some peppers, a tomato and a cuke. I'm about ready to throw in the trowel...so, it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and make some changes. I have to revisit how big my garden will be this year and what will grow there. My grand plans for increasing are going to have to be scaled back - for now.
How is it I let the very thing that had become such a great tension-reliever become a huge source of stress? Because it really isn't the garden - it's me - and my obsessive goal-setting, complete with frustration and self-imposed guilt when my goals can't be met! So time to focus on what is good - we go on vacation to Savannah, GA soon...I have some gorgeous broccoli and cauliflower growing alongside dill, hyssop, nasturtiums, radish, green onions, komatsuna, lettuce, garlic, and more. I got a couple of yellow crookneck squash set out today, and the sunflower seeds I started just last week are about ready to be set out into their permanent spots next to the cellar. The runner beans are growing extremely well and already twining on the support that will lead them up the cellar wall. We got the two dwarf apple trees I've wanted for years planted this last week and my mini-roses are bursting with blooms and buds. Hmmm....the more I think of it, the more I realize that there is a lot more good than bad in my little world if I just readjust the focus. :)