This morning I was awakened around sun-up by the thumping sound of six inches of spring snow melting and falling off of my big tree onto the roof. It's nearly melted now, and some of the weather reports are predicting a high of 70 degrees tomorrow! Yes!!!
All over the yard spring is starting to show her face.
Green grass is poking up between the snow:
So is the iris:
The chives are starting to come up:
As are the tulips:
And the green onions:
But here's the thing. Normally this time of year I'd be rearin' to go with the garden. But for some reason, this year I'm feeling decidedly "meh" about the whole idea.
The past 2-3 years have been such a bust in terms of gardening. First there was the hail,
then the record heat,
then the floods...
and don't even get me started about the invasion of the aphids...
the leaf miners..
and pill bugs...
I dunno, it's just starting to feel like it's not as rewarding as it used to be.
It seems like pretty much everything I've planted recently has either been decimated by insects, wilted by heat, plagued with disease or pummeled by hail. What crops I've gotten have tended to be bug infested, and not terribly appetizing.
But it's a new year, right? Maybe I'll have better luck. It's not like gardening has ever really been a "goal oriented" pursuit for me in the first place. It's mostly an excuse to enjoy spending time outside.
But maybe that's part of it. Since cycling has become such a big part of my life I seem to get my outdoor "fix" by biking myself into the ground. So when I take a day off from riding I'm feeling much more like relaxing than spending the day shoveling manure.
Well, I guess I'll have to just wait and see how I feel about it all as time moves forward. I did gather some seed heads from last year's marigolds and sprinkled them around on Sputty's grave and other spots in the yard that could use some color.
To tell the truth I actually feel more motivated to plant flowers this year than veggies. Maybe I should just go with that feeling and try to expand the front yard xeriscape a bit.
So tell me, do you ever get discouraged about gardening? How do you decide how much effort is or isn't worth it in that department?