Happy Solstice!

In the fading light of the longest day, I paid my garden a overdue visit. The garlic leaves are just starting to turn. Lonely bees vibrate through the air. My presence disturbs a toad.

I found the “dying” sage bush over-taking the sidewalk to have renewed vigor. June, having finished growing her plums has moved her top branches closer to the sun by a good six inches. A baby squash from a volunteer has set and sets to expanding in girth. An earwig is devouring a strawberry – I relieve him of his dessert. Tomatoes are swelling and lime leaves are curling and it is definitely the late start of Texas summer.

And here I am weeks later finding this saved as a draft instead of published…so it goes.

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12 comments on “Happy Solstice!

  1. Shannon says:

    Better late than never! I miss my garden.

    • plumdirt says:

      Indeed, although as much as I hate being late, I considered simply deleting the draft. Your garden probably misses you and will be glad for your shadow as soon as you can cast it.

      • Shannon says:

        Last I looked, it is being overrun with invasive grasses (Bermuda, lizard nut grass) for lack of thick mulching and a regular definition with a shovel. I’m lucky to get out to mow on the weekends — last weekend the St. Augustine lawn was 8-10″ tall!

        Fortunately, I’m harvesting figs, tomatoes, and eggplant and a few herbs and chives. It makes it a bit better. But, boy, was it hot here this past week. Hope you’re escaping the dry heat over there!

      • plumdirt says:

        It’s cooled down this week from last…the beds are holding their own against the Bermuda and St. Augustine. The Johnson Grass and the Crab Grass are as tall or taller than I am…at least they shade the ground?

      • Shannon says:

        Oooo…Johnson grass. We don’t have that here. Indeed. Good shade. Maybe plant some petunias in their canopy. 🙂

  2. Glad you didn’t delete it…nice musings 🙂
    Question is, have you been back since?

    • plumdirt says:

      In very short fits and bursts. Picking a strawberry here, a tomato there, destroying mealy bugs over that way…finding the Great Onion Experiment really did make seeds…

  3. Karen says:

    I’m glad you didn’t delete the post. Your words are to nice not to share.

  4. So it goes 🙂 it’s still good to read no matter when you post it. Oh, and right now I’m not brave enough to look in my drafts… way too many to contemplate!

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