It’s been a long, slow rise into summer this year. We had a mild winter, and spring hung on like a pack of ravenous wolves. My allergies did, too.
I didn’t develop allergies until I lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. This beautiful little city has some the worst air in the US.
Knoxville is situated in a basin, surrounded by mountains, and has two major expressways converging and diverging throughout the city.
Spring is both beautiful and dangerous in Knoxville. One year I succumbed to the heightened pollen and smog with hives so bad I could barely walk. I’ve had allergies ever since.
Fortunately, moving home to Michigan alleviated the hives. The itchy eyes and runny nose remain, and keep me inside when I’m longing to get outside.
But then in May, once the daffodils and tulips had bloomed, and many trees had popped open with blooms and leaves, my allergies ended.
And I, thank goodness, got outside and mowed the lawn. Then promptly got tired of mowing the lawn every week. Seeing it as an opportunity to go for a weekly walk helps.
I returned to that bed of former problems that is currently nothing but dirt and weeds.
This year’s goal for this bed is plant and mulch. That’s it.
This space runs the entire width of the house. It gets morning shade and afternoon sun. I’m still not sure what to do with it, but – that’s why it’s my one major outside goal of the summer.
I’m fascinated by the concept and promise of permaculture, but not sure what that means for this part of the back yard. One book suggests planting foodstuff closest to the house.
In the 3′ x 9′ garden space, one leaf of red wing lettuce decided to go perennial. The sage is recovering from the winter, and even the cilantro is trying hard to come back.
I dropped in carrot, melon, and bush bean seeds, too.
And then I admired the fake phlox (aka Dame’s Rocket) that hides the fence line. It’s also hiding the noble purple allium. Gonna have to do something about that, too.
I’ve also spent some time weeding. There will be so much more of that to come. And I have to get that little white fence standing up again around the vegetable garden, and…
Well, if you garden at all -even if you putz around for fun like me – you know there’s always something to do.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the yummy produce and showy flowers yet to come.
What’s growing in your garden?