Saturday, May 8, 2010

Help I'm lost in the garden and can't find my way to the computer

It's happened.  I knew it would...I'm simply surprised that  I'm surprised...the garden holds me in thrall and wraps me in vines of cucumbery rapture topped with tomato dreams.  I took a simple walk through the freshly turned garden dirt and once I had hit my knees to pull the crabby little weed that had dared desecrate that pristine soil , it was to late to turn back.  Way to late.  Now there grows 104 tomato plants, 32 cucumber vines, 6 watermelon plants (Charleston Grey how I love thee) and some little seedless wonders will be ready to go in today.  There is squash both yellow and white and I have dared to request 2 zucchini plants and Mac has graciously obliged me.  I do know that I will be begging people to take their fruit off my hands before it's over, but I simply can't help myself.  And now, no matter how I scream that I need to visit with my blogging friends, the veil of spring wonder will not release me. 

The flowers alone take up hours as I plant and deadhead, weed and wander.  My Whimsey Woods dream is finally coming together and I've had the joy of sharing it with friends recently.  My pal Phoebe from the library in Wadesboro (North Carolina) came out with friends last week and I was able to share that dream with them.  As we strolled through the woods I pointed out the whimsical and the magical that hid down among the oak roots and high up in the pine boughs.  There are angels and fairies, comical bee pilots and the sweet little church (birdhouse) in the wildwood.  There is the Hotel rising high up the bold pine, with a taxi cab to let out a patron to enter the Empty Arms Hotel..I recently added a little red school house since the birds must have a safe place to learn and eat, .there is the frog shaped open bath for squirrel and bird alike..,the ground level pool for the opossum and raccoon that I know wander the woods at nightfall.  All are welcome, no matter what their parentage might be. There can be no room for prejudice in this perfect world I have created.   Phoebe and friends took home with them loads of tomato plants, heads of fresh lettuce from the garden and adopted a number of canna lilies looking for a new home.  I heard from her the following day and she tells me that others want to come visit our gardens and the Whimsey Woods.   That's one of the best compliments  I have ever had!

So, forgive me for being away so long.  I can't promise I will be back tomorrow or even the day after.  But I want to take this time to wish all the mothers out there a wonderful day andtomorrow and remind you not to  forget to take Monday as a day of recovery.  Now, off to check on all of you I can before I get tempted back to the gardens!

34 comments:

San said...

Sandi, "cucumbery rapture" is as good an excuse as any. And as good a turn of phrase.

Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Maggie May said...

I love the expression *Cucumbery rapture* Pity San beat me to that remark but I thought I'd put it in anyway.
Glad to see you back in Bloggesphere!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Anya said...

Happy Mother's Day to you :)

I'm blog lazy hehe..
its also because of many work in the garden because its spring !!
Take care.......
its always good to relax between the green plants :))

NitWit1 said...

Glad to hear you are in the "garden." After our return from NC I planted 14 hanging baskets, installed some solar lights and did some light pruning. My allergies have not permitted such activities for 3 years. Something among the shots and pills is working for the moment for which I am thankful.

Husband decided to become farmer, too. He bought watering troughs and is container gardening tomatoes, peppers and green beans (my request). Glad no tobacco. His roots are deep in the tobacco farming of SC. They chopped tobacco, may have sharecropped, not sure.

Pondside said...

Welcome back, Sandi! As I write I'm smiling at the German version of I Only Want to Be with You - thanks!
The Great Dane built me four enormous raised beds and then had an accident that keeps him from filling them. I see the future and it is full of wheelbarrows of soil!

Finding Pam said...

Seems like we all get caught up in Spring. I have been cleaning the house and I get stuck between one job or the computer.

I should be out weeding the garden, but my knee still hurts. I hurt it leaving work one day in March. It was sprained. Slowly getting better.

Happy Mother's Day.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I so know how you feel, I am blessed today that there is a gale force wind and rain, it means I get a break from the garden!!

Happy Mother's Day for tomorrow!

Gill in Canada

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

It is good to see you Sandi but I do understand how you must be feeling about it all. There is something completely addictive about gardening, especially at the time of year when the new plants are coming. Hope you don't mind me mentioning though, but I think there's a smudge of dirt on your face!! ha ha A x

Moannie said...

Your garden sounds like heaven...do hope you post some pictures so we can all walk the walk with you.

Love Bears All Things said...

We have a garden, Honey Bear planted but we tend to farm on a smaller scale these days.
Good to see a post from you.
Mama Bear

Donna said...

Happy Mother's Day to you too!
Enjoy that garden girl!!
hughugs

Sally said...

So glad to see you, and hear that you're having fun!!

Happy Mother's Day to you, Sandi. ((hugs))

SandyCarlson said...

Goodness, I felt the warm, soft soil between my toes as I read this. You reminded me of the thrill of gardening when I was a kid. Used to love to do it barefooted. I loved the feel of the earth on my feet.

And now I want to make a salad!

Anna said...

Hey hey, if I had nice garden like that I would never blog. Enjoy, it is probably better for you to be outside instead of computer. Anna :)

Lee said...

LOL That's a lovely fairy garden land, Sandi. I'm delighted you're having so much fun wandering it's roads and byways. I'd like to see a picture of that carriage dropping folk off at that hotel. :-)

142 tomato plants? My goodness! I know you give lots away but that just staggers me. I keep wondering what plants you haven't mentioned. Asparagus maybe? Or okra? I love those. :-)

Happy Mother's Day Girlfriend! Hope you and the family do something wonderful! Thanks for the indescribable delight of the scrabble games yesterday.

Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lee

Jeanne said...

Well I'm glad you came up for air long enough to say hi Miz Sandi! I can't wait for you to share some of the delectable delights in that garden with us even if it's only vicariously though your posts. And I'll add my love of your cucumbery delights as well haha. A very Happy Mother's Day my friend!

Mima said...

Happy Mother's Day Sandi, your garden sounds truly wonderful, and I would love to wander in your woods even if it is just via photos as someone suggested, it would be great to share it with you.

We have decided not to do veggies this year as it was a lot of work for the carers, but we have planted some herbs instead, so I hope they do well!

Akelamalu said...

Oh I know from experience just going out into the garden for a 'look' turns into a day of hard (but rewarding) work!

Happy Mother's Day

Hilary said...

Have fun playing in the dirt, Sandi. :) Hope yours was a great Mother's Day.

diney said...

I love the sound of the cucumbery world you have created

diney said...

i love the sound of the cucumbery world you have created!

Vee said...

Why am I not in the least surprised?! I often imagine you in your garden. And I'm not surprised that friends enjoy being there, too. And most especially if they leave carrying plants and bounty!

Merisi said...

I am in awe!!!!
Watch out that the tomato plants don't take over the world! Love your Whimsy Woods, imagining birds sitting at their little desks and pecking letters out from birdseeds. Hugs, Merisi

Suldog said...

Wow. That's quite a big garden you've got going there. I love watermelon, and have always wanted to try growing some myself. Maybe this year...

Anya said...

I hope all is well......
:)

((hugs))

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I would love to see photos of your whimsical woods. I bet it would match my fairy house beautifully.! Come for a visit when you can get out of the viney vines grasp. :)

Casdok said...

Love the sound of your world :)

Kat said...

Don't you worry sweet friend. What matters is that you're enjoying yourself. Doing what makes you happy. Surrounding yourself with things that you love.

Now that the wedding is over, I'm planning to do the same thing myself.

Stop by...the wedding photos are posted. Oh.My.Gosh! Pure magic!

Hugs!
Kat

Arti said...

lovely garden..I love them..

My Yatra Diary...

Donna said...

Just checking on you sweetie!!
hughugs

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

I love gardens.

MelRoXx said...

Happy belated Mothers Day. Even I love gardens!

CatHerder said...

omg IM SO JEALOUS...i JUST planted my tomatoes and strawberries..im hoping they do well this year...keep posting pic!

Deb said...

I love the idea of a whimsey woods ~ how much fun is that?! My blog has been somewhat neglected also ~ life is so busy which is a good thing! I would love to see pictures of your whimsical, magical woods...enjoy !