Friday, June 14, 2013

Rain, rain -- GO AWAY!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

We've had a LOT of rain this spring.  So much so, that we've talked about building an ark.  Instead of June, it feels like November.  We've never had the furnace on so late in the year before.  (The people at our utility company must be rubbing their hands with glee.)

Usually we have our annuals planted in the garden by Memorial Day.  Here it is the 15th of June and we still don't have them planted (although we were optimistic enough the other day to go out and buy a few for our big containers). 

Our back garden looks like a jungle.  All this rain has certainly invigorated the weed population.  We had one dry day in the past four or five and used it to pump off the top of the pool (again), stake the yarrow, yank out the rogue columbines and rose campion, and try to get a handle on the weeds.  But are we ready to plant yet?  No way.  You can't tame an entire garden  in one sunny day.  Not when there are errands to run, sick relatives to take care of, and books to write, but we've been trying.

Tomorrow MIGHT be sunny, but we've got plans for the weekend that don't include gardening.  Still, if I can get out there early, maybe I could get a a patch done enough to put the tomatoes in.  At this rate, we won't be harvesting any until September.  (We're growing celebrities--what variety do you like?)

Has the weather interfered with your gardening this year?