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Friday Favorite: Watching Things Unfold

July 3rd, 2015

One of the great things about gardening is that it’s new every year. I know the peonies, hydrangeas, poppies, and other flowers will bloom, but I’m always surprised by their intricate beauty when they do. It’s like receiving a wonderful gift over and over again.
Single Poppy
I’m reminded of this quote “Mostly what’s on my mind right now are the falls colors. I go around gaping, as if I have never seen anything like it before. Perhaps I haven’t, I’m never quite sure. I could see this display every year and not grow tired of it, like seeing the flight of geese, or hearing the bird songs in spring. I remember, and that might reduce the amazement. But I don’t remember the edge–the vividness of the spectacle.” -Bernd Heinrich (A Year In The Maine Woods)
Peony poppy
Each year I’m amazed by the beauty of the garden, it’s like I can’t quite remember it in all it’s beauty. The truth is that a garden is always slightly different each year.

Do you feel like things are new every year in the garden?

2 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Watching Things Unfold”
  1. Nebraska Dave on July 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    9:15 AM 7/5/2015
    Susy, I’m always amazed at how quickly gardens and plants can change. One day they are struggling to sprout up through the ground and just a few days later, so it seems, they are in full bloom. This year with the extra rain, the quickness of growth has been accelerated. Of course along with that the weed growth has been enhanced as well. Wildlife has increased and their hunger level has not been good for Terra Nova Gardens. I see evidence of deer nibbling on every thing daily. The ground hogs have taken out several tomato plants roots and all. Luckily I still have plants that can replace the ones eaten. I’m not sure if they will produce anything because of the lateness of the season but what the hey. I’ll give it a try and see what happens.

    Have a great garden enjoyment day.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on July 6, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Susy, the garden is different each year for me as well. It’s not just that crops are rotated from one bed to another but the weather is a big game changer. Some plants do well one year and not the next. This year weeds are much more prolific than last year. Wild life seem to be hungrier this year than ever before. One thing I’ve noticed at Terra Nova Gardens is with six foot wooden fences up, neighbors are less likely to stop and talk when I’m there. That’s sad but nothing would be safe without fences.

    The four foot pallet chicken wire make shift fence around the sweet corn is just about finished. About one more visit and it will be completed. It’s four feet high and designed to keep out the raccoons when the corn is ripe. If this doesn’t work then I’ll have to resort to a electric fence wire about eight to twelve inches up from the bottom of the fence. On the fourth I talked with a sweet corn grower and that’s what he does. He claims it’s very effective.

    Have a great tomato harvesting/garden enjoying day.

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