Daily thoughts by a guy that doesn't like to think deeply too often!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

We're a Little Bit Obsessive...

...ever since we first planted the garden, Michael and I have obsessed over it. Each day we notice which plants have bloomed, and which plants have lost their blooms. We point out that the garden spiders are getting bigger, as well as the goldfish. We've even had lengthy discussions on which fish are our favorites and which ones are getting the biggest. Each night we inspect the trellis vines and reroute them so that the vines fill in the gaps. We sit for hours and discuss how magical the hummingbirds and dragonflies are to us. We were mesmerized yesterday when we saw a monarch butterfly feeding off of the window box flowers. We share a hatred for Japanese Beetles (doesn't everyone?)-- and flicking them off of the plants is a daily ritual. Another ritual is the feeding of the fish-- we do it every night at 8pm. That seems to be the magical time that the fish are hungry and willing to form the feeding frenzy that we most admire! Dead-heading the flowers is pretty much my job-- and it's done on a daily basis. I save the dead heads and put them in the house-- I dry them and pull out all of the seeds. Next Spring we'll spread the seeds and hopefully have a lot of free flowers in our gardens!

Having this garden, and maintaining it has become more than just a hobby-- it is our way of life! I don't know what we're going to do in the Winter when all of the plants are gone! I really enjoying having this oasis to come home to every day. Even on a bad day, I come home and see the flowers and the fish and the world all seems right again. Seldom does a day go by that we don't take pictures-- these are some of the ones that Michael took this week:


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