Sunday, July 20, 2008

Iris Carnage


Well I have had a busy week and a busy weekend. I entertained Friday night. We had another wedding on Saturday. (I helped with the reception flowers again!) Plus we made time to bottled our wine today with some good friends of ours. You folks know him as Strider, and his lovely wife Mom T. After our most enjoyable time with our friends I decide at eight-ish I am going to finish my garden redo, which I started last week. I ended up basically working till ten with back porch lights on. I have done crazy things like this before. Once when we moved into a new house and I was trying to get stuff planted as soon as possible, because you know I must have flowers!!!! My darling husband set up flood lights for me to finish my plantings. For me that was actually one of the most romantic things on the planet he could have done! I will always love him for that one!

So back to the garden revamp… I did plan the borders and set out specific roses as my back bone. But a lot of the plant material I brought with me, I just simply plunked into the ground to keep it alive and get it propagating. So by this third summer it was time to have some order. I just love rearranging my plants for optimum loveliness. Like most women do rearranging their furniture, I love to rearrange the garden. It is my favorite kind of decorating! My irises were my biggest problem; I had lost who or what color they were in the move so I marked them this spring and designed a new arrangement that coordinated them with the roses. So much fun!

This is what my garden looked liked before the massacre...peaceful serene, knowing nothing of what was to come....

I also did a lot of dead heading. I do have a second flush of roses blooming right now. But as August closes in on us here, our gardens go a bit dormant in all the heat. The garden sleeps awhile, and then comes back in full swing in the fall. So with that in mind, the end of July is a good time to revamp things. I needed to divide my irises anyway. So.... I made a bit of a mess : } It was hard work and took me about three days to complete the task. In the process I rearranged quite a few of the borders. It becomes such a creative endevor for me. I just love playing in the dirt, and playing with the timing and the color schemes of things. A garden is not a static arrangement. Things are always growing, changing, dying….just like life, nothing stays the same. Well that could be developed into a great analogy…

So I basically made a big mess, and had so much fun. And next year my garden is going to look great. Okay I can't resist...all that pruning and rearranging for the future looks a lot like what God does in our lives...same, same. Because after all, (and here comes my favorite line) Time began in a garden! What more would we expect?


New beginnings for next year...all rearranged for the master plan!

8 comments:

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Thanks for dropping by. I so appreciate your kind words. I put that scripture on my site. I guess I just need to tattoo it on my brain or something. It does look like you have been working hard.My daughter and granddaughter are the gardeners in my family. I will check out Striders blog. Sounds like you guys had a fun time. My art doesn't match my post this week. I just needed to post the picture. Please join us and show some of your art. Did I tell you I got the Michael Card book you were talking about? I need to start it.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Wow! You and I couldn't be more different in this department. I hate to make a big mess and will put up with an awful lot before I do. Now you have to wait until next year for the test and I know it will have been worth it all for you have an amazing eye. You are a landscape artist!

The Texican said...

When my wife asked me what kind of plants to put out at our new house, I responded, "Whatever you are willing to take care of." I do the yard now and I let her take care of the flowers. She's much better at it than I am. I prune but that's about it. Looks like you have a major operation there. Good luck. Pappy

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I see that you never lost the child's love of mucking about in dirt----lucky you! It sounds like you had a ball, and just wait to see the finished result...it will be fabulous...your sense of garden design has been well demonstrated already.....

Time did begin in a garden. Oh, how lovely it would have been to have a glimpse of that garden!

Strider said...

Nice ending on the metaphore! When I first started reading the post, I thought you were going to hit the staging theme!!!!! You also forgot to mention to the readers that you sometimes rearrange the sod with your husbands help!

Barbara said...

The only way to keep the garden beautiful is the hard work and pruning that goes on behind the scenes. I know you felt better for it. Good spiritual truths too.

CIELO said...

Oh your garden is going to look so pretty next year! Hard work in the garden always pays with beautiful blooms later... I can't wait to see! :)

Hugs

cielo

Rosezilla said...

Wow, that is a lot of work. So worth it, though, I know. I love to garden too, and I often say it's the only way a 47 year old woman can play in the dirt! Your husband putting the floodlights up was very sweet, it's funny how the highly personalized things touch us so much even if they may sound odd to others. It's wonderful to feel understood!

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