Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Where We've Been ... And Where We're Going ...

The Head Gardener and I have had precious little time and/or energy for blogging this past month.  Mother Nature hit the fast forward button and spring has rapidly morphed into summer.  We've seen 90+ temperatures almost every day this past week.  We live in fear of a repeat of last summer's hellatious heat.  




The HG and I have been in something of a plant buying frenzy, which is followed by even more frenzied efforts to get plants into the ground and settled before summer truly arrives. We could spend all day every day outside and still not be done.  It's hot enough that we usually call it quits between 1 and 2 pm.  


We're feeling not only the time constraints imposed by Mother Nature but those imposed by our upcoming absence.  A week from today we'll be in the mountains of North Carolina for the 2012 Garden Bloggers' Fling!  



Have we arranged for someone to water while we're gone?  Nope.  We're still cogitating on how best to handle that.  I think we're both hoping for a few timely rain showers.  Once there, we'll be too busy enjoying other gardens to worry overmuch about our own!


We know we'll come home to find a few casualties but plants are replaceable ... the friendships and experiences we'll share with fellow garden bloggers are anything but!  




20 comments:

Gail said...

Wit's End is looking good. I love the paths, they set the borders off so beautifully. Cindy, you're right, I have been stressing about the garden and leaving it way too much. Can't wait to see you! xogail

Fairegarden said...

Wit's End is looking mighty fine, Cindy. I am so looking forward to seeing you again, for the fifth fling!

Robin Ripley said...

So true about the importance of friendship. I'm going to give you a big hug when I see you. And your garden looks fabulous!

Diana said...

The garden is gorgeous - and I can't wait to see you in a week! I know what you mean by planting as fast as you can! Same here. Had some great rain since Saturday...you?

Lucy Abbott said...

Cindy, your garden looks lovely! I hope you have a fabulous time at The Fling. Please take and post a ton of pictures. I’ll be waiting to hear all about it!

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Looking forward to seeing you again. I'm solving my abandoned gardening issues by leaving my Head Gardener at home.

Carol said...

Well stated, Cindy. Should be a good time.

Susan Tomlinson said...

Love, love, love the paths. I've also decided not to worry too much about watering while I'm gone. My street address is allowed to do our weekly irrigation on Sunday, but I'll be chillin' in NC with my garden blogger buddies, so...que sera, sera.

I did gamble and plant the new stuff about two weeks ahead of our traditional last frost date, in anticipation of having it all established by the Fling date. Even so, you just never know what's going to happen. But that's why we are intrigued by the leap of faith that is gardening, no?

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Cindy, it's looking so beautiful. I would love to sit with you and gaze at the flowers.~~Dee

Kathy said...

I guess I have been feeling anxious about everything that won't get done when I'm gone; not just the gardening but everything else. Seems like whenever I come back from a trip, it hits me like a ton of bricks.

Alison said...

Your garden looks great! I have the opposite problem that you do, here it doesn't get really warm enough to go outside until about 1 p.m. If I go out before that I have to wear a sweatshirt, and my hands sometimes go numb. We are looking at temps in the 70s this weekend, and everyone will be complaining about the heat...

Have a blast at the Fling!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Wit's End looks lovely now, and I just adore your armadillo! I can't wait for Asheville and to hang out with you again.

Rose said...

I understand exactly how you feel, Cindy, about time constraints. But, oh, how beautiful your garden looks! Looking forward to seeing you again next week!

Layanee said...

I can see you meandering along those paths...just kidding as I see you bending and pulling weeds, fluffing and buffing and dragging a hose around. I do hope you wander though. Maybe with coffee in the a.m. and a glass of wine or a margarita in the p.m.

LKW said...

Cindy,
Your garden looks wonderful and I hope that you'll have a few rain showers while you're gone.

And, I hope we'll have seasonable (that is, not too warm weather) for all of you in Asheville for the Fling!

Lisa

Lynn said...

The pathways in your grass-less backyard are a dream. My brother and his family bought a home in Katy last year when the drought was so bad. There's a remarkable difference in the health of his fruit trees this year and his garden looks great. Here's wishing that you get some rain on your garden while you're away on your trip.

Carol said...

Glad you are doing ok and happy to see the garden is too. Have a great trip. I hope to go one year. Hugs Carol

tina said...

It's been a pleasure meeting you Cindy. I sure your beautiful garden suffers no stresses while you are here in Asheville.

Skeeter said...

Your gardens look lovely! Was great meeting you today and I just love your outlook on the heat and possible loss of some plants...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I hope you came home to a garden not stressed from the heat and lack of water. It all looks so pretty.