I love gardening and all that goes with it (except maybe watering) but it’s not something I came to love overnight. It’s grown on me over the years and believe me it’s been a love/hate relationship. I have had more things die than have lived. One thing I can count on though is that every growing season will be different. This year is no exception. Check out my wild and crazy bittersweet.
I’ve had to cut the tops back because it was hanging over the fence into my neighbor’s yard. Last year it was half the size and I got about 6 or 7 little sprigs of bittersweet. I told you about it here. This year the whole thing is chuck-full of berries. I am praying to the Garden Gods that it doesn’t die or catch some disease.
Then there’s my sweet potato vine. Last year I had a different version and it shriveled up and died. This year it is thriving and just keeps on getting bigger. There may come a sad day when I’ll have to cut it back but not any day soon. Two more things to show you. Next up is my basil. Maybe you have had tall basil but I have NEVER had a basil plant this tall…and I’ve been cutting it regularly. It seems to grow overnight. I got the garden markers from a darling shop on Etsy called The First Kiss. Amber was so nice and made a special set of markers just for me. I know I should have made them myself but this was so easy and I love to support other Etsy shop owners. My husband actually noticed the garden markers and said “Where did you get the tomahawks?” Good grief. Last are my Black-Eyed Susans. These have been around for a while. The leaves have always turned brown and they get nasty spots all over them. The blooms have been tiny and not very plentiful. So…remember how I said I wasn’t a fan of watering? This year I put soaker hose out by everything around the shed. It’s amazing what happens when plants are actually watered. There they are along the side of the shed. I’m telling you they are double the size they were last year. Tall and full and loaded with buds. They should start blooming any day now. Kelly and I are enjoying our afternoons in the back yard. There is a sense of peace inside me this summer that I haven’t felt in a very long time. I want to thank every single one of you (again) who have stuck beside me through the past few months. Things are getting better every day.
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