Whilst working in the garden before the sun comes up...
To just after sundown...
There is a ton of unsilent silent time.
(birds, wind rustling leaves, puppy sighs, etc.)
And so much time to think.
Mostly I think only about what I am working on...
The warmth and the breeze has had me having some intense long term memory trips. Being 5, in the truck with my dad, going to a giant wooden country grocer's store.
Barbecues and running through the sprinkler...
The time when it was just me and my mom and dad.
I am having so many unexpected memories from those times, as my sore body works in the dirt.
Another thing constantly on my mind while working in the dirt, is my obsession with identifying some plants that have been growing and blooming now (biennials), from that cottage seed mix I planted last year.
I have no clue what one plant in particular, is (more on that in a sec).
One of my best friends was here last week from Rhode Island.
I had the bestest day ever with her.
We talked and talked and hung out in the garden, and she watched Practical Magic for the first time. It was wonderful.
However, she identified some growing things in my garden, which had me jumping for joy.
For example, I had no idea what this yellow flower was until she casually said, "look at all of your coreopsis!" I almost fainted. I had been trying to figure out what the multitude of tall yellow flowers were called for 2 years!
Although, she couldn't recall the name of the plant that I am scouring everything trying to identify. I bet it's something totally easy.
But I am still stumped.
Do you know what it is?
(update - possibly identified in ps: section)
It has a stalk with redness at the joints, and roots like a root vegetable...
Last year they tiered out flat on the ground, and this spring they shot up to 2 and 3 feet, and growing.
They are everywhere in my garden.
In about 6 different places (even on the side of the house), and looks so pretty, but if I only knew if I could expect a flower?
I just have no clue.
It is exciting, but my curiosity is on overload after 2 years of waiting and watching....
If you know, pleeeease do tell.
I will send you a million good vibes.
I will make sure you get executive fairy status, of the highest order!
(or invent a fancy schmancy name, I could go for that too)
I guess unless you know, I will just have to exert more of that crazy thing called patience, while watching snow peas grow...
Also, I am holding my breath.
The major gopher area, that I dug up and lined with wire and burlap is lush.
I bolt out of bed and run out to check it everyday.
Scary stuff, I tell ya!!
I am starting to have gopher nightmares, where they actually talk and chase me with a dagger.
I'll try to dream of pumpkin vines before I go to sleep, instead of gophers.
I had a dream analysis class once, and the main thing to do, to try to dream a certain thing, is to visualize it over and over in your mind as you try to doze off.
Must try this again.
By the by, I had decided I was not going to put in a large pumpkin patch this year, but instead plant more around the gypsy garden, and here and there.
But I fell off the edge again, and put in a large pumpkin patch.
We'll see ;)
I have my work cut out for me.
Now I need to get on a proper schedule.
5 a.m. walk, water the garden, breakfast, orders, paint, evening chores.
I wonder if I can handle it?
ps: The sunflowers shot up as it is 92'F !
I best be off while I still have some day light. I spent 5 hours yesterday putting in a small rock path. What a job! So, I have to do proper garden chores with the rest of my Friday.
I saw a sign with puppies for sale today.
I called the number and left a message.
I am mad, I am, I am!
ps: Below- the stem of the plant in question, in case anyone might know?
It for certain came from the old fashioned cottage garden seed mix last year, it is huge, 3 feet tall and the leaves are 11 inches long. It is a beautiful plant.
Trudy thinks it might be a plant known as a few names...
Marvel of Peru
Sharon and Cindy say Pokeweed.
Now I get to wait for flowers, or berries, to see for certain.
I have neither at this moment :)
I love teamwork!
You know what is funny? I ordered lots of seeds this year from an heirloom seed shop online called Select Seeds, and I ordered two packs of four o'clocks without knowing exactly what they were (I liked the pictures of the flowers). I just planted the seeds.
pss: A funny tidbit - If you do not live in Southern Arizona,or if you have never been here, I think you would be floored at how dry the earth is here. Mister Lovee says it is a whole other world from the midwest, or anywhere that gets rain. He says anyone who lives where it rains would be amazed at what it takes to keep a garden alive here. We only get rain a few times a year, and even that is pushing it most of the time. It took me two days of soaking a small bowl I made in the earth, to be able to dig deep enough to plant a tree last week. The earth is so so so so dry, and so hot here in summer, than nothing has a chance of spreading or growing, unless you plant it and diligently water it twice a day (save for a couple of wild Arizona weeds here and there). Unless it's cactus. It's sort of like Mars, and I don't even live in the hottest, most dry parts. We actually have shade and huge trees. Can you imagine that?