How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’ve already had more rain this month than in a whole “normal” month of June, if the weather here can ever be called normal. Although this makes the cats grumpy, not to mention the humans, the plants are exploding with joy. This heaping bowl of kale, spinach, lettuces, and rhubarb are just the tip of the iceberg, albeit the most delicious tip.

Zazou seemingly remains unimpressed by her lushly verdant surroundings, disdains vegetables, and sulks in the house unless there’s no danger that she’ll get her princess paws wet.

The peonies were drooping their heavy heads into the lavender, prompting me to cut an unreasonable number of them to adorn the table. Tomorrow will be our 17th wedding anniversary, and an extravagance of flowers seems called for.

Meanwhile, out on the deck, this cerinthe, which I think is one of the coolest plants ever, even if some nincompoop did nickname it “blue shrimp plant” is at its spooky best.

The lavender is in full bud, but not yet in bloom, so the bees are having to make do with the likes of this purple-leafed dahlia.

Tomorrow is the one day in the five day forecast, and the one day in the past ten days or so, when there’s no rain predicted. I’d like to think it’s all in honor of our anniversary, but I’m more inclined to think that the powers that be are even more tired of grumpy cats than we are, and decided to give us all a break.

But whatever the weather, tomorrow all we’ll be thinking of is how 17 years ago we stood in the garden and said why yes, in fact, we would, until death did us part. That’s seemed perilously close, oh too many times, but today, everything’s coming up roses.

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6 Comments on “How Does Your Garden Grow?”


  1. Here in Cornwall we have had enough rain for the rest of England, so feel a little as you do. A fine day would not go amiss! Though the bad weather does have it’s good side. the sea was crashing up over the harbour and the houses in a spectacular fashion. I never cease to wonder at it.
    My wife is the gardener here, and I do most of the baking, on the basis that boys make better cakes than girls, (or so I keep telling her!).
    We are approaching our 52nd anniversary. The best of luck for your 17th, though it sounds as if you don’t need any luck!
    Cheers, Allen

  2. Emily Says:

    Your flowers are glorious! Congratulations on your 17th anniversary – may you have many, many more to come.

  3. Jeanne Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Enjoy a wonderful day :)


  4. Your blog is beautiful. I found you while looking for just that: beautiful blogs to nominate for the One Lovely Blog award. Take a look, and keep up your gorgeous work! http://teresayoung.com/2012/06/12/a-blog-award-nomination/

  5. Nancy Smith Says:

    May you have many more lovely years together!

  6. Wendy miller Says:

    Happy belated anniversary!


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