Coming back…

weedy paths  after vacation is always a let-down.  While you were away, the weeds had a field day, inviting all their friends to join them in paths that were neat and tidy before you left!  A big storm that went through and washed lots of mulch away, but fortunately that seems to be the only damage.  Broccoli that was beautiful on the day of departure is now lacy with holes and crawling with worms.  UGH!buggy broccoli  And the Japanese beetles multiplied to feast on the climbing “Cannellini” beans, especially the blossoms.  buggy beans  Produce everywhere needs picking and preserving.  And the flower borders?  Well, it’s better not to look.  Sadly, the daylilies that were spectacular pre-vacation are now looking the worse for wear, and are badly in need of stalk removal.  daylily done  Everything needs deadheading and all the gardens need going over to bring them back to “acceptable.”  Four things make this tolerable:  1) It was a lovely, lovely time in Italy with family; 2)  I saw amazing, inspiring gardens  C at Trautts 3) I’m well-rested and eager to get back to playing in the potager, and 4) There were sunflowers to greet me in the Cutting Garden behind the potager Sunflowers  so I can have bouquets to remind me of our time in the Italian Dolomites!  Tyrolia 147


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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9 Responses to Coming back…

  1. curioussteph says:

    Sounds like a fabulous trip. And gardens, attended or not do what they do.

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  2. Well, I never left and my deck flowers and herbs are a mess. I think all that early heat in May leading into a very hot summer didn’t help at all. Your trip was amazing.

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  3. Robin says:

    It won’t be long, now that you are back to tend to the garden beds and they will look lovely again. 🙂

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  4. janetbettag says:

    If it makes you feel better, my gardens aren’t in much better shape than yours and I haven’t got the lovely excuse of having been on vacation in Italy. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

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  5. bcparkison says:

    Oh goodness…and you worked so hard to get it all going. Guess we really can’t “have it all”. Your trip sounds much more fun than weeding any way.

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Those sunflowers are spectacular! Glad you had a wonderful trip and hope the gardens are soon back to their neat productive selves.

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  7. Sadly, the weeds never take a vacation. I’m glad you enjoyed yours.

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  8. Cortney says:

    It never fails to disappoint that the weeds don’t take the same vacations we do! Hope you had a lovely time in Italy!


    • carolee says:

      It was wonderful! Mountains on 3 sides of the villa, beautiful gardens, fantastic food, and lots of family time since we took all our kids and grandkids along.


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