In keeping up with My Summer of 29, I have to announce that the sunflowers are in and officially sprouting! They’re just tiny at the moment and they drink a lot of water. Sadly, only about half the package made it to germination stage. The other half were picked out and eaten by greedy birds.
Gardening is one of those things you have to put the time in early for. There are no immediate kick-backs - At this time of year, it's hard to tell why it's worth it, so any growth is a small victory. (Full disclosure; I run outside every day when I get home from work to see if there’s been any progress.)
But the funny thing is, at the end of the summer when things are in full bloom, I’ll be pacing around looking for something to do. And I think that’s why growing things is the best – the end product feels good, but putting the work in feels better.
That being said, if someone asked me to describe my gardening style I’d have to say it was “bullish and maybe at times frantic.”
AKA you’ll note the patch of grass I ripped out, and then poured three bags of black earth on top of hastily one weeknight about three weeks ago... When you’ve got a busy summer, you find five minutes here, five minute there and you do what you can with it. I’m going for a “let’s-just-get-this-planted-and-worry-about-how-it-looks-later” sort of approach. (Literally I believe this happened one night after work before we were rushing out the door for anoter appointment.)
“Keep your face towards the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller.