How Time Already Flies
I just read Diana Rathbone's little article in the Chronic about the virtues and rewards of patience applied to gardening. God, I disagree with her so much. Go. Get out there and stir things up. Time's a-wasting. Girlfriend is in California. There's no down time here, so just hike that butt out to the yard and...dig something up. Girlfriend is JUST LAZY. Now, I just want time to SLOW DOWN so I can moon at my sparaxis, which are at their gloriously immodest peak now and bloom only in direct sun, so naturally since I'm off downtown at work all day, I miss them. I miss them! Toe tad! Mrs. Skwashy gets to view them when she works at home, but I don't. Also, I'd like to know who planted sparaxis bulbs in the window box by the back door, where the dormant pink verbena, babiana, lobelia and myosotis are quietly percolating. All of a sudden sparaxis are throwing out 18" blossom stems, which are leaning to the west, almost horizontally at this point, to catch the sun. Should I take pity on them and put them in front, where they'll get the morning sun? What that entails is making Mrs. Skwashy lift the heavy windowbox for me, and carry it through the garage and up the front steps, then carry the old windowbox back the same way. What I have currently in the front windowbox has been there for months, and could really use a vacation since I never did rotate it out as I said I was going to. Do you remember? I was going to harden my heart, swallow my tears and rip out the leftover yellow pansies (I typed penisas by accident. Hm.) and replant with something a little more vigorous for spring. But I didn't, did I? because I felt SORRY for the infant pansy plants with their woobie little baby leaves that had started to grow from the roots. Sure enough, now I've got tons of yellow pansies blooming, but I'm tired of them cause I'm just so fickle that way. The ranunculus are starting to bloom: white, yellow and orange. I wonder, if I leave work right now, and run out and buy more bulbs and plant them right away, will they bloom this spring? I forget how much I like them till they bloom and then I WANT MORE. Oh! Also! I noticed that one of my irises is sending up this big huge flower stem. I think it's one of the kind I use as an icon, "Victoria Falls," but I always lose track of what's planted where when it comes to irises, since they all look alike until they bloom. You know how bearded irises travel around? the rhizome only lasts a year or two, but it usually buds two new little rhizomes which grow at right angles, almost, to the old one, and then THEY bud new little rhizomes and so on. So, they riot around the flowerbed, getting all mixed up with each other and raising hell. In slow motion, of course, since these are plants after all. But it messes up any tidy little prissy gardening maps you may have made, like me, in an effort to document the ongoing labor involved in getting things the way you want them. Like me, you probably gave up after a while, since you bought a digital camera and can check the pajillion pictures you made, all of which are labeled by month and year. Much more time consuming, but you get to see all those things you forgot you planted. Myself, I always forget where I planted the tigridia bulbs. So, to my way of thinking, I am therefore relieved each year of the duty of transplanting them to a sunnier spot. But then they BLOOM their insanely gorgeous spotted flowers, and I fall in love and swear to treat them better this time. We have this abusive relationship, see.