One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Tuesday’s Trials


Here at the Midnight Garden, it’s all about the Garden.

Except in the last few days, there’s been some kind of convergence of petty annoyance, worry, genuinely stressy moments, busy work times, heat and humidity, seasoned with a dash of the oddness that only comes from living on the Cape this time of year.

Really, I only mention it here to say that sometimes, you really need to have a garden handy into which you may escape. Sometimes, it’s the only place you can really think clearly.

Not quite so this morning, however, when we learned…somewhere just after 6:30…that a street sweeping operation had come to Not Wisteria Lane and decided to idle for fifteen minutes or so right out in front of our place. Boy, is that a clean patch of pavement.

Perhaps he had to take a cel call, or was refilling a coffee from his Thermos, or maybe he was some government shill sent to scope out the neighborhood and spy on one or another of us.

Anyway, it was not the most relaxing way to start the day. But look how well my plan to grow a garden that creates a wall to screen us a little from the street is working!

And I was not alone in this assessment of things.

As I was came out the door with coffee in hand, this bunny (the first nibbler of last spring, I believe, the one who grew so round and prosperous on my crocuses and early tulips…not that I’m bitter or anything) came dashing away from the driveway, as startled as the rest of the neighborhood at the arrival of this loud, swishing, splashing splendid yellow street sweeper.

He settled down enough to tuck into a clump of asters on the far side of the veggie patch, though. I don’t really mind that so much; the asters don’t bloom ’til late in the season, so all he’s really doing there is pruning the plant back, so it will be lower and bushier when it does blooms.

Since this is a Look I like in asters, please allow me to point out that I’ve now tricked him into working for me!

Morning saw the opening of that yellow Chrysler rose bud, a beautiful sight indeed framed by allyssum, with some orange marigolds for contrast.



The other rose bush which pre-existed the garden here, has produced a first pink bud, with more clustered around to follow.

In the house, the Gardener’s Cat wasn’t up to anything at all. Really. He was just sitting in the sunshine, posing beside the Easter cactus. Not at all thinking about eating it or any other nearby.


Some of the recent drama resulted of concern for the cat’s big sister, Em’s well-being. Our Girl ended up with an appointment at the vets this afternoon, never a favorite activity of hers, though.

I’m sure she will already think it’s too indiscreet of me to say she seems to have a urinary tract infection, without my delving into the way we discovered this. She also got her nails trimmed while she was there, no small feat.

The evening ended well, though. We found some nice breezes while sitting out on the lawn and we celebrated the day’s successes with a bacon and pineapple pizza from Dominos. We just love that whole online Pizza Tracker thing.

You’ll forgive me if I continue to bore you with the snapdragons, but they’ve really begun to bloom more heavily now and I would hate for you to miss them.

In addition to the snapdragons, assorted other things are continuing to grow larger all the time.

This evening I spotted the first bachelor button flowerhead forming. And in various locations along the border, the first cleome seedlings have reached blooming height and begun to form some buds.

As they bloom they’ll continue climbing toward the sky, their stalks waving back and forth on the breezes.


Almost all of the coreopsis plants have at least a few of these little yellow flowers.

They’re pretty cheery and bright, and will continue to bloom more or less all summer long, provided I remember to keep them deadheaded.

By the by, it seems I’m not the only one with Stuff going on lately, so I’ve tucked a few extra purple flowers into today’s post to send some good energy out there into the Universe to give us all a little extra strength.

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