Whoa. Rainy. It's been storming here off and on since last Thursday. A full week of rain has made for soggy perennial beds, sopped clothing and muddy pups. It makes for great photos though...
There's just something about fresh droplets hovering on foliage and petals. The photos above were snapped yesterday during my pre-work garden runabout, but the photos below are some oldies.
It's almost the weekend for us and I could not be more excited. Workerman and I are celebrating our birthdays Friday and Saturday (we're 3 years and a day apart) and on the 29th we'll be celebrating 9 years together. Our moms asked what we had planned for our days and the answer was "lots of digging."
We traveled to Green Bay last weekend; seeing family and participating in the Cellcom 5k run/walk. Workerman was nice enough to snap some photos for me while I was browsing through the greenhouses we visited. Surprisingly, I didn't purchasing anything - zilch, zip, nada, niente. No one had what I was looking for; my mom accused me of plant and Garden Center snobbery, but I really was looking for specific things! It's not that the plants weren't "good enough," just not what I had in mind. Green Bay is a lovely Zone 5 and the gardens there are weeks ahead of the ones in Minnesota. I was also a bit afraid that any perennials I'd purchase might not make it...
Gazania - My favorite find of the weekend
So, I think that's it. Just a short and sweet little photo entry. Things were pretty in GB and I had garden longing with a tinge of garden depression.
I am feeling a bit discouraged by the fact that a lot of my hard garden work last fall and winter went down the tubes. Many of my perennials didn't make it, and most of my winter sown seeds rotted with the crazy weather. Bummer. Strangely, I'm not discouraged enough to quit... but I'm feeling the need to pull back. The hardships and losses in my garden have made me a better (and more understanding) gardener... I think. Now I'm learning to use what works in creative ways and plan for the foils.
Did you have any garden disappointments this spring? How do you cope? Have you ever returned plants to the garden center (under their year warranty)? <--- this I'm struggling with. Drop me a note!