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."

Suddenly: Last Summer

Last summer.

Now that it’s late enough in the new year that I remember to write 2012 on things, and finally cold enough to make me think its actually winter, I find myself thinking about last summer.   As it approached, I was busy.

Busy installing brick edging in the gardens, and addressing changes in both my work situations and  exploring the bike trail and digging in the garden and having great fun with friends old and new.  For so many reasons, I was long overdue to post here at the blog when Midsummer came steamily into town with the high summer holidays of Independence Day weekend quickly afterward.

And then, just when I had a free moment and was feeling inspired about writing, this nasty electrical storm (<—that one there) came along one humid night and took out my home computer.    Gasp.   No email at home.  No blogging.   No Facebook.  (Suddenly, a wealth of infinitely clever status updates sprang freely to mind.)  No online banking or weather forecasts or movie schedules.    No endless hours of meaningless internet clicking and surfing.    No Joe.My.God.  No Post Secret.    No funny cat videos or porn.   Even without the internet, my computer is also my home stereo.  Ugh.

It was annoying and inconvenient and boring and irksome and (except for the music part since my iPod was stranded with just two podcasts of Selected Shorts which I listened to over and over again for about a month) possibly the very best thing that could’ve happened to me.

There was more time to putter in the garden.  More time with friends.   More time for books:  I read The Great Gatsby in an afternoon!   More time on the bike trail amounted to about 15 pounds lost!   I saw more sunsets and even shared a few sunrises in the company of my prolific morning glories and a certain gray feline.

Even without the computer, I was still filling the memory card of my camera.  Here’s some of what you missed.


Comments on: "Suddenly: Last Summer" (8)

  1. Glad it seems we didn’t “miss” the good stuff….

  2. What a nice flowery post on a dark winter night!
    The morning glories have such a rich deep color. I haven’t had marigolds in a while. They’re so easy, and so cheerful.

  3. Thanks for this bright spot in a gray morning. (That will change soon: this evening I will be in Sarasota.) Being locked out gives us time we didn’t know we had, doesn’t it. So glad to hear of good things happening, but I wonder what “changes” you refer to about work. All good?

  4. The bachelor’s button shot at the end there is stunning. Your shots are always pretty, but that one is magical.

  5. You know, as barbaric and frightening as it sounds, your computer-less summer sounds s appealing. Oh, to spend an afternoon reading without that nagging desire to check Facebook or check in on the news. Oh, to be isolated except for these wonderful flowers and your gray-suited furry friend.

    Idyllic. (Although I did miss you!)

  6. So nice to see some colour during the winter. Can’t wait to get gardening again!

  7. Friedl Fuerst said:

    I discovered this website traveling the world – via Nova Scotia and Germany. I’m glad to have found it. Gorgeous pictures!
    But I have a question: there are photos of wonderful morning glories.
    I plant them every year, always hopeful. And they grow into sort of huge bushes, covering fences and walls. They put out hundreds of buds, but so late in the season that they never fully bloom. They try to bloom in October and never make it. I plant from seeds as well as store bought potted plants. Any advice would be appreciated.

  8. midnightgardener said:

    Thanks for your kind words – glad you surfed in. I suspect you might be fertilizing your morning glories. Don’t do that. I’ve read that fertilizing them will direct all their efforts into vining and leafing, instead of flower production. Morning glories get average soil, or maybe just a miracle-grow mix, if you’re using potting soil. But don’t give them anything extra. Instead, just give them plenty of water, every morning without fail, and sometimes a little in the evening, too, if they seem dry. While the plant itself LOVES full sun, I understand the roots like to stay cool, so I usually try to plant lower annuals at their feet – white allyssum is my obsessive favorite (and also loves the solar spotlight) but also has a shallow root system that won’t threaten your glories’ root growth. :D

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