My chore list grows daily: planting the dozens of perennials I bought this spring and kept waiting for the right time to plant; finish sharing my UK trip; memes I wanted to support and join; honoring the pollinators with a week of posts; divisions that need to happen; rearranging plants; dealing with Hedge; cleaning up the bush honeysuckle that went mad after our torrential rains...I was all set to get ahead of the chores when life happened.
First, we didn't have the usual delicious spring that visits us in February and continues until hotter weather arrives. Surprise! The hot weather arrived earlier then usual with 80+ degree weather. Then, torrential rain (18 inches in one day) brought gardening to a halt when the ground was wet and gooey for weeks. Travel interrupted plans, too. Although spending time in the UK with good friends was a treat. Then, our recent record breaking temperatures and no rain have brought gardening as I planned to a halt~ 110 heat index temperatures are not good for a gardener or newly planted plants. Let's not even talk about flea beetles, mosquitoes and other buggy creatures preying on a stressed garden.
Weather events and bugs happen all the time in a garden~We deal with those disappointments on a daily and annual basis. But, sometimes life happens in a huge way.
We got shocking news Wednesday morning. My dear, funny, older sister passed away suddenly. I so wish I could share with you some of her wry comments about our family dynamics~but, they would be lost in translation! They make me laugh just remembering them. What a gift that is for me~to think of her and smile and laugh. I will and it will help me grieve and honor her memories. I do miss the heck out of her and could use her side comments right now! Trust me, she would be at her funniest, irreverent best~
I just wanted to let you all know that I'll be in and out of my garden and blog over the next many weeks...See you all later and take care of yourselves.