So I have been a bad blogger….again. I am not going to bore everyone with details but May was probably the most stressful month for us in a long time. Some of the stress was positive like seeing friends and family many times as a result of great baby showers. And some of it not so positive. But it all worked out in the end and we are ready for June and bringing the blog back to life as I have so many things to share. Note to baby: you better stay put the next five weeks because I have a lot to catch up on. Got it? Good.
The blog was not the only thing that was neglected….my garden was looking very…..well overgrown and unkempt. And not planted.
I am normally the person that people are looking at funny because I am trying to buy plants before the last frost date. And I am feeding and weeding and planting and giving all the plants tender loving care on a nightly basis.
This year I did not even step outside to look at the plants that were coming back until the end of May. Major garden guilt. Another thing I was sucking at this spring to add to the list.
When I finally got the nerve to wade through the weeds to see what I was working with however I was pleasantly surprised. Here is my advanced visual representation of the state of the garden. Green =weeds. Very high and thick weeds.
We had strawberries…without me doing anything.
And roses with no pruning or feeding…
And the beginnings of grapes and raspberries…
A good lesson about things surviving in spite of you and a lack of control is sometimes a good thing.
Another lesson in giving up control was that Derek planted the vegetable garden this year…while I was not home. Gardening is not his thing at all and we agreed to scale it back this year with the upcoming arrival of the baby. And I knew I needed his help lifting and tilling. But he surprised me with this….
For a before picture, please refer to above.
Did he pick all the plants I would of? No. Or put them in the location determined by seasonally rotating varieties? No. But it was weeded and composted and planted. And done. And I learned another lesson about giving up control and things turning out OK.
On a semi-related note of not doing things when I planned, I wanted to update you on my painted outdoor pots. When I first posted the tutorial last year, someone wondered how they would last.
I had planned on moving them into the garage for the winter. Really. But then the whole morning sickness thing happened and they sat outside all winter and I did nothing (see the theme of the post?) to prep them.
I think they held up incredibly well (the specks on the bottom are dirt).
However in the interest of full disclosure we did have one crack/chip that I noticed.
So if you are thinking or painting pots but are hesitant on their wear….don’t worry about it and you can even do nothing like me!
Has your garden taught any needed lessons this year?