Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Garden Mysteries

This is our shed. Very run of the mill, wouldn't you agree? We thought it needed something to make it really pretty, and decided that a sunflower garden was just the ticket! We planted some sunflowers in the mini greenhouse about 3 weeks ago and they were doing great - we were so happy. Our next task was to wrestle the sod from the surface of the strip of real estate we were hoping to convert into a thing of beauty. We don't have soil, we have hard packed clay - when I mention wrestling with the ground , I'm not just spitting in the wind!

It wasn't easy, but the children and I accomplished what we thought might be impossible - and we amended the soil with sand, peat, compost and a good helping of well rotted cow manure. We transplanted our happy sunflowers and they thrived in their new surroundings for over a week - we were inspired! We added some long forgotten garden grapevine angels from the deep recesses of the shed, and a length of vintage fencing to keep the mowers out, and I decided a garden sign would be fun - which I set to making.


Today, I went out to hang our now completed sign - layers of sealer all dry and pilot holes drilled. Look what I found!!! Vandals! Thieves! Miscreants! Who could have done such a cowardly act of garden treachery? We questioned all suspects, shed a tear for the fallen sunflowers, and finally decided it was a mystery too sad to delve into.

Then we decided to take the sign's advice and just relax. Whatever happened is over and done - perhaps the one lone surviving sunflower will thrive, and the extra seeds we planted will eventually come. What ever happens, we had a lovely afternoon working together and making good memories, and be what may, it was a little taste of sweet summertime.

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5 comments:

  1. Sorry about your sunflowers! Am hoping the squirrels don't get my tomatoes when they finally grow!

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  2. Hi... I'm flying from garden to garden enjoying every minute of it.... such pretty place to be... ;) and nice meeting you!

    Fairy Cielo

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  3. Your blog is lovely.

    I also have had the worst time with my seedlings this Spring. I planted morning glories and a black-eyed susan vines and some critter nibbled the little sprouts right up. I have since read that putting a piece of cardboard tubing around the shoots may protect them until they are bigger. By that point, maybe they won't be so tempting. I have also lost a new bird feeder to some crazy squirrels. They broke it into a thousand pieces to get at the bird seed. GRRR.

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  4. Sorry about your little plants, try sprinkling garlic powder around the area. Most critters hate it. We did that to the perimeter of our 1/2 acre garden for years to keep out the deer, rabbits, woodchucks and such. It has to be re-applied every few days and after rain, but works for us. Hope it helps you, if you try it.
    Hugs, DJ in SW MI

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