Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Surprises for Slackers

I am a slacker. Yes, I admit it. This time of year I am totally devoid of the energy and diligence to attend to my flower beds. The grass that started growing in the beds a few weeks ago is now twice as nice as the grass in the lawn. Twice as high too. I kinda like it.

And the weeds. It’s hard to tell where the plants stop and the weeds begin. I like to think of them as some new ground cover, because they certainly do cover the ground and the mulch that I put down this spring. At least I think I put mulch down. I’m not quite sure since I can’t see any of it now.

From a distance the beds look great. Nice and green and healthy. What you don’t want to do is get too close because then the nice, lush green stuff looks like what it really is, weeds. So of course the solution is to either pull the weeds or stand back. Guess which one I chose.

And I’m glad I did. If I would have been keeping up with the grass and the weeds all this time look at what I would have missed seeing.

A little impatiens popping up in the middle of nowhere

A little blue wave petunia and a larger pink one

And a pretty little snapdragon whose seeds had to have been hiding for at least 2 years

So, slackers do sometimes get rewarded.

Works for me.


Roses and Lilacs said...

And I'm just the opposite;) Now that the cool weather is here, I'm energized. Gardening is fun again when the temps and humidity aren't lethal.

flydragon said...

Oh I wish I felt the same as you. Maybe I'm just downright lazy.
And thanks for the extra tip on planting the sedum stalks that I cut off next year. I didn't know that would work.

Susie said...

I don't really consider myself a slacker but I haven't been in any hurry to do my weeding. Unfortunately it is starting to look out of control. Of course, I haven't been in any hurry to do my housework either-we won't even go there. lol

Dog_geek said...

I just spent a lot of time this past weekened cleaning up some of my out-of-control beds. Okay, maybe not a LOT of time, but some time. Weeding was so much easier after the rain we got last week. I still have some to do, though. Maybe if I slack off, Mr. Geek will do it.

beckie said...

Another could case for procrastination! :) I, too, am uninspired this time of the year. Once frost hits, I am usually ready to do the fall clean up though. Do need to see abiut hetting houseplants in before that. Your surprise flowers are a reward for being so attentive early in the year.

Not Very Anonymous Mom said...

the only surprises i'm finding are various mushrooms, and those cursed four o'clocks.

i'm all for slacking too! but i better get out there this weekend and do some pruning. my garden is much less "cottage" and way more "outta control".

oh, my mini is supposed to be done today. thought it was done yesterday, but they forgot to fix the driver's seat, which does not adjust anymore. this is the 3rd or 4th time i've had them fix that.

wanna buy a car?

flydragon said...

I do my housecleaning about as often as I do my weeding :)

We finally got some rain too, so I guess I don't have any more excuses.

I think my surprises were just a matter of luck, not earlier clean-ups.

No thanks on the car offer. I already have one. I think.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

You must have wonderful soil in the garden beds to make the invading grass grow so well. While you can't see your mulch for the weeds, I can see where the mulch used to be, but all the rain has rotted it down to nothing, & it all needs major mulching again. I'm not slacking, but I find it hard to enjoy doing that work with mosquitoes flying in my face constantly. They've been terrible since the Sept. 13th deluge. I take it you're not one of those people who gets into a Zen-state weeding?

flydragon said...

I don't think the soil is all that great in those beds, but the grass and weeds love it. I didn't mulch this spring but I did last year, and you're right, it needs more.
I am definitely not one of those people who find weeding relaxing. I HATE it. :)