Last night I left California on the red eye with red eyes and a full heart…
- A heart so full of gratitude for the 3 weeks I had with my loves there.
- A heavy heart that was so sad to leave them.
- A heart so excited to see the ones I have missed. My family. My friends. My Garden. My home. My church. My work.
- A heart filled with gratitude for all the blessings God has given to me.
Yes, a full heart filled with the good, the great and the sad. For those of you with family and friends far apart, I’m sure you know what I mean.
Bright and early this morning Mr. G was there to bring me home. The look on his face told me I was missed!
The garden had missed me too. It will be a few days before I will have it back in ship shape. All of the rain made the care while I was gone much easier but boy did everything grow and many things exceeded their allotted space. We call this stage the jungle stage! Yes, it will take a little while to get things trimmed up. We will be moving slow this weekend as the temps soar to low 90s with the humidity totally out of control.
The garden welcomed me with many blooms still yet to enjoy while I do the big task of deadheading the ones past their prime.
We have had 3 rainstorms and a bit of hail in the last week, so it is amazing that any of these blooms hung on! I think it was for my homecoming, don’t you?
I have some new visitors too…
So far I am only seeing a few. Seeing any is way more than I ever want to see. I’ll be dumping them into a bucket of soapy water (peppermint Dr. Bronners) for a sweet smelling demise. My friend, Jack Falker, had a lot to say about Japanese Beetles on his blog this week. You can read his thoughts here.
Here’s a simple recipe for the Dr. Bronner’s soapy magic: Add 2 T of Dr. Bronner’s soap to one gallon of water. Stir … don’t shake! Add to spray bottle. You can buy this soap on Amazon here!
Yes, aphids are coming to munch on the new buds. Dr. Bronner’s soap solution in a spray bottle to the rescue for this critter too.
I now have blooms on some roses that Proven Winners sent me right before I left. They are doing great! Believe me, the video or pictures do not do them justice!
Take a look…