Friday, May 14, 2010

Hostages, We are Hostages!

We are being held hostage by Mother Nature..... Although the rain might be good for my garden, we have too much of a good thing! Even when the sun is shining and we can get outside it is still too wet to get anything done. Can't mow, can't paint.....and can't get the billboard put up. He who is a jack of all trades has managed to get every piece of equipment at his disposal stuck in the muddy field where the billboard is.

He who is determined got the tractor pulled out of the muck this morning and is now trying to lay rock to form a path to the billboard site. He endured a night of teasing at work, since everyone who drove by our place could see all the equipment mired in. Of course, he who is a good sport, got some local help this morning. I suppose if he should get stuck again, the neighbors will jump in and pull him out again.
I ventured out to check on my garden and picked the strawberries. I have been getting about a pint a day out of my little patch. I saw the tiny shoots of corn making their way out of the soil and the beans and peas, too. The tomato plants are sporting some blossoms with a promise of fruit to come. My cherry tress seem a little stressed this year and I lost one of the three. I will still have cherries in a couple of weeks........... just not as many. The apple trees are loaded with tiny fruit, as are my peach trees. With all this, I am in a great frame of mind as I continue my inspection of the gardens and drink my morning coffee. My mind is whirling with all the little projects I need to attend to. I need to paint some signs and picnic tables since I am not able to mow the very wet grass. Can't really paint the water logged tables.........



Oh, look! Wonderful! Looks like a big truck or, maybe, a camper RAN OVER MY TULIP BED. So much for my state of mind. The road is very wide here, you know to accommodate those big rigs and this is very visible. A big mound of dirt with plants and mulch. Doesn't look anything like a road.


I speak softly to my mangled little bulbs. I promise them that as soon as it is dry enough for he who hunts down big, big rocks there will be an immovable barrier between them and those who cannot seem to stay on the road. Nothing little, something that will cause them to think twice before they turn too sharp. Something that will stop them and make them back up and check for damages........ She who gardens isn't kidding!



15 comments:

ellen abbott said...

I wish we would get some rain here. It's been about two months. And I am so jealous of your strawberries. I planted 10 plants and have so far only gotten a small handful of small fruits. Very disappointed in my strawberries. And a big boulder barrier lining you tulip bed is exactly what I was going to suggest.

Whitney Lee said...

You can view this as an enforced break from outdoor work! I love the billboard. Maybe soon ya'll can get it up...

I think the barrier idea is fantastic. The next jerk who isn't paying attention will ending up hurting him/herself as opposed to your precious plants. I'm sure they are relieved to hear you are going to make sure they're protected.

Alix said...

Are you sure He Who Is A Jack Of All Trades {please never abbreviate that jack-off} isn't Amish? Sounds like the townspeople came running when he rang his tractor distress bell. Bet they'd raise a barn for you too. That is, if you have room on your Campground property for one.

I'm with Whitney. You deserve a break. Enjoy the rest. The sun will be back soon enough!

XO

houndstooth said...

It sounds like us last year! I thought we'd never see the end of the rain. We didn't, it just turned into snow!

Rae said...

The strawberries look yummy. That is awful that some idiot took a short cut through your tulips. I don't blame you for being upset. A nice edging line of big rocks should eliminate that problem.

otin said...

A little bit of rain gives she who blogs a bit more time to be she who drinks coffee! LOL

We are having a drought. one inch of rain in seven weeks!

Everyday Goddess said...

i love this!

come over and collect your goddess award!

Eva Gallant said...

So sorry someone ran over your plants. And hope your man gets his equipment unstuck soon. (Did that sound obscene?)

luksky said...

Your tulips definitely needs some protection from crazy drivers.

Mamma has spoken said...

Who ever ran over your tulips wasn't being very careful since they also kept going in the grass too. Even if they were passing someone, it looks like they had plenty of room.

Brian Miller said...

aw...poor flowers...if you are starting a posse i will ride along...as long as you share some strawberries. smiles.

Eternally Distracted said...

It hasn't rained here for nearly a year, unless you count an hour of rain once a few months ago!!

Jingle said...

your reflection of nature is deep and thoughtful, the way you preceive it makes me feel enriched and educated...
lovely nature photos,
Have a fun day!

Pat said...

Wow - strawberries already? Yum! You certainly DO have a green thumb - even if your plants get run over! Big rocks should deter those who can't stay on the road!

Love that new sign! Hope Drew gets it up soon! Wait - that doesn't sound right! LOL! You know what I mean!

We could use some drying out, too. The rain/snow has been following us every step of the way from AZ to WA and back to IL.

Nancy said...

Your strawberries look gorgeous! I would put spikes around your tulip bed :-0