Frustrated I Cannot Get to My Garden

Today I saw trays of spring flowers outside the supermarket.

Though I loved seeing them as a sign of spring, they also reminded me of my current dilemma.

I have been trapped in our condominium for six weeks now, due to the state’s shelter in place rule.

My garden is at our house in the neighboring state.

I cannot go there without enduring a two week lock-down here when I return.

To avoid that I simply stay away from my garden, located only an hour away.

That does not mean I don’t think about the garden.

Here is the entrance to the house along with a bit of the garden. [below]

Front entrance, lined with shrubs, perennials, and annuals

Notice the rather tall red dahlias called ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ on the right. The cement container, filled with coleus and geraniums, stands at the corner of the cement entry.

In the mean time

Right now I read about gardening. I think about what I will do once we can travel out of state more easily.

The plants I want this summer come to mind. I know I will plant more caladium.

Worry about Deer Damage

Possible deer damage sometimes demands my attention about this time in spring. I know I may have to address such damage if I should find it.

Luckily a few weeks ago I was able to enlist a landscaper in the area to put down Milorganite fertilizer over the lawn and flower beds. Though it is not sold as a deer repelant, it does a good job ih keeping deer away.

Yesterday I heard the governor say we still have a few more weeks for the lock down to continue.

Hope it ends soon so I can see my garden, in whatever shape I find it.

I will be so delighted first just to see the garden and then to walk the familiar garden paths.

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  1. Charlotte Frost says

    Your garden is looking forward to seeing you too, Thomas. Though it may have made some decisions of its own! In UK there is anecdotal evidence of self-seeding cleome where it hasn’t grown before. Perhaps it’s included in wild bird seed. No one has it in bloom yet, so we don’t know what variety it is.

    Caladium is new to me — it’s a lovely plant.

    • Charlotte, thanks for responding.I appreciate it.
      I am sure I will find many new things including plants in the garden when I return. That is part of the process of change and growth.
      There are a lot of new varieties of Caladium on the market here. It is a wonderful plant for the shade, As you know, the leaves are the attraction in colors of green, white, and red along with mixtures of the three.

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