Monday, June 15, 2009

I Can’t Go Back

gardening post

     I feel like the mother of multiples.  Granted, I don’t have firsthand experience with that ‘feeling’, but I know how I feel when watching various reality shows on the topic. One distinct difference? My multiples are plants…lots of plants.

     I equate the feeling with having every bit of air sucked out of my body by a giant, stress-provoking vacuum cleaner. When people say, ‘just breathe’, I want to shout, “I CAN’T'!”

     “Can’t you see I just bought 20 new plants this last weekend at KMart, because I think the garden manager was really tired of the heat , and she wanted to eliminate her own job, in the hopes of getting transferred inside the store where there is air conditioning, so she marked the already 50% off plants an additional 50% off, at random, which made them like a dollar something a piece, and because I COULD NOT resist, I bought more plants, and I already had enough, and at this point ,because we do not have a sprinkler system, I will have to stand outside like a garden gnome with a hose in my hand 24/7, because the temperature here may read 100 degrees, but the heat index is like 200 degrees, and I can not let these plants die, regardless of how badly they were being treated at KMart, I can’t breathe!”

     And… the collector in me wants to go BACK.  I can not go back ,even if there were knockout rose bushes in the mix, right? I can not go back. I do not need more rose bushes, right? My husband continues to say, as I walk outside at all times of the day, to play in the yard, ‘Don’t get dehydrated’ (see previous post), but I can not resist the pull of it all.

     I am not just a person who has become a crazy gardener, I am a feverish gardener (literally and figuratively).

So, although I know there are far more important issues happening in the world at large, here I sit, fighting the cravings…the cravings to go back…

I’ll keep you posted (pun intended).



Jennsmere said...

Oh Laura...I feel your pain!! Or fever, I should say!! I would love to be out planting a garden full of bargains...but alas, there are other things that are higher on the priority list right now.

Looking forward to more pictures!!
Bless you, sweet one...

frippery said...

Laura, I know what you mean. I have tried this year not to add to my garden but it is an obsession. My friend has a similar problem. She has been known to be outside in the rain at ten in the evening with a flashlight in her mouth, an umbrella in her hand, tidying and weeding her garden. Now THAT is a problem. Resist the urge!This year I have decided to control myself until fall, then divide what I have. Take care, Pam

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

You are the rescuer of all last chance foilage!! I say "Go Back"... If it makes you happy girl- Go Back! You do such a wonderful job with giving life to anything green.. I hear them calling you.. Please come get us, we'll be lovely in your yard !!! We will make you smile.... Okay I'm done...Go Back.
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Dixie said...

the world? you can't do much about the world.. but you are in charge of your least a little... i've always found gardening restful and calming... maybe it's your refuge.

have a beautiful day... even though we'll be in the 100's again!

Karen said...

Laura, I think you can definitely consider yourself a rescuer and a healer... and of course a lover of beautiful things. I say, "Go back" if the calling is there. Just make sure you call your neighbor when your beautiful plants need thinning.
(A method to my madness.. lol)

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Oooooooo! I know how you feel! I just finished planting all my babies and am looking forward to sitting and enjoying them. But when you mentioned 50% off 50% --- man, I wish I was there!

It's an addiction, man! We've got the gardening monkey on our backs! (And we don't want it to leave!)

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Joy Tilton said...

Laura, come on over to GrannyMountain and pick up a much deserved AWARD! Love your blog...
joy c.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I know what you mean. When it first started warming up I bought lots. Ended up losing several due to the constant, heavy rains. Have a few more that are barely hanging on. I want to buy more, but feel I have already spent enough.
Have a great day.

Domestic Designer said...

I know what you mean. I have plenty of plants but I can always find a spot for a few more. I did the same thing this weekend and today is planting day. Oh my, I think we have the same addiction!:-) Have a wonderful day!

Kim said...

Girl take a breath!!!! Too funny Laura. I just love reading your posts -you have such a great sense of humor and a real talent for writing.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Go back! They need you!! Pick me, pick me!!

I do the SAME thing and I also am standing out in the yard SWEATING to death trying to hydrate my precious plants! I am already worrying if my son will water them when I am gone to the beach next week! I will call home, ask if everything is okay, then make him SWEAR to me that he has watered my plants!!!

Have a great day and stay hydrated!!

Lou Cinda :)

Joy said...

That deal was hard to resist.
I know what you mean about the heat.
We need some RAIN!


Lynn said...

I understand your fever. I am working toward the day when there is NO yard in the front yard!
Only walkways and gardens.

Debbie's Garden said...

When my kids were going to preschool the logo for it was a circle of kids holding hands with an opening for one more. Because there's ALWAYS room for one more. Thats how your garden is .. always room for one more plant. Help a homeless plant out!

Blondie's Journal said...


I ALWAYS buy more than I need, which leads to buying more pots and baskets, or finding obscure places in my yard to stick plants. Last year our nursery was selling perrenials 3 for $10.00. I am talking about daylily's and hollyhocks and really nice plants. I bought a truckload. It took days to plant and they were on the verge of dying. I felt at that point that I was giving them a good home since they were dying at the nursery as well. I am now reaping the rewards.

Go back to Kmart. Get a few oscilating sprinklers too. You can put them on timers.


Unknown said...

That is sooo funny! I used to be just like that! Maybe you could find a 12 step program for obsessed gardeners. I hate to tell ya this, but if you can ever work your way past it and's a LOT simpler! Until you want to create a bouquet for the house and there's nothing in the garden worth a darn..... Oh well, I admit it, it's a no win situation. (sigh)


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