Was three days a long enough of a hiatus in order to get back my blogging mojo?
Truth be told, it was closer to seven days; I was down on gardening/blogging right after my post last Thursday and wrote my temporary sabbatical post on Sunday.
Well, a lot has changed over the past week and I'm back and ready to kick some ass again.
I should clarify that last statement; a lot has changed "inside my head" and as bizarre a place that might be, I thought it might be interesting to share those changes in thought with you (guess the "obsessive" and "neurotic" monikers were dead on after all, eh?):
- My mother-in-law came to visit from Oregon this past week and she is a big gardening fan so I may have put a bit of unnecessary pressure on myself to impress. My photography has improved over the past few years which really means I have learned how to hide a lot of my garden flaws from readers of this blog. But now I was going to be exposed. Once she arrived, I think I heard her mutter the word "lush" as she toured the gardens and from that point on, all the pressure was off. Ahhhhhh ...
- We have had nothing but 95 degree weather or warmer for the past week so I've had to spend all of my gardening time watering and trying to keep the plants alive and thriving. No time for hardcore weeding or digging out new beds or planning of any sorts. It's amazing how that gives you a better appreciation of what you have rather than what "could be".
- I've upped my exercise/running routine and there is nothing that clears the mind and puts you in a solid mental state like a hard run in 90 degree weather. Guess I should also be thankful that I didn't die from heat exhaustion.
- My issue was never with blogging, but more with all of the time I was consumed with analyzing reader traffic and how I could improve the look and feel of my site. F that, I'm going to keep writing and taking photos and let the chips fall as they may. This is just too much fun and a much needed escape from my corporate job.
- Maybe this is obvious to every other gardener alive, but I really need to remind myself that "Rome wasn't built in a day". I have a large property and still somewhat of a blank canvas. That is a blessing and not a curse. So I need to stop and smell the roses more often (Well maybe not roses, I've done nothing but kill roses in the past ... but you get the point).
- Finally, I'm going to compare gardening to baseball once again. Both past times are a grind and marathon like, where you have to just try and survive some days (especially in the dead of summer). But each day brings you a mini adventure or a new sub-plot and the fun is in how you make it through that.
Here are some recent pics from out in the garden and we'll all talk again real soon, aight?:
|My attempt at a shade container using the thriller, filler, spiller idea|
|The Monarda (Bee Balm) plants are thriving even with these hot temps|
|I have managed to fend off the rabbits/deer to actually see some 'Little Grapette' daylily blooms|
|Clethra (summersweet) 'Hummingbird' is in full bloom|
|The backlit blooms of Calamagrostis (Feather reed grass) rocking out|
|A few Asclepias (Swamp Milkweed) 'Ice Ballet' have emerged out of nowhere and are blooming|
|Mountain mint (will spare you the Latin name this time) is in full bloom and buzzing with bees|
|Who needs blooms when you have texture like this with Amsonia (Eastern Bluestar)|
|Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) with Mountain Mint in the back|
|Phenomenal color on the Carex 'Cappuccino'|
|'Fragrant Angel' coneflower and yes it has the fragrance of an angel (huh?)|
|Fave new plant for lighting up in shade - Northern Sea Oats 'River Mist'|