I like the expression, “Mother knows best.” When my Mother gave me a suggestion to ward off the ground hog decimating my lower garden, I hoped she knew best. She said spread moth balls around the dahlias. Last night I sprinkled them around.
I can report that the first dahlia has bloomed, the lovely collarette, ‘Esther’ just this morning! That was the good news. Bad news – Mothers don’t always know best, because the beast of Weed Street struck again, and this time he tortured the dahlias.
The moth balls on the ground, though smelling AWFUL, did not stop his gluttony.
Apparently I am dealing with a ground hog with a discerning taste, who loves dahlias, but leaves the tomatoes alone. He can climb over my clever cages and comes out at different times of both day and night. But I can’t dwell on the disappointment when I have something even more troubling to deal with this week.
We went to meet a new puppy. We fell in love, and came home to prepare the house. However, further discussion with the breeder disclosed that this particular puppy is on the far (far, far, far) end of what you can expect to pay for a young cavalier King Charles Spaniel. It just did not seem prudent to go that far out on a limb though we really really loved her! Clementine will have to remain our only canine for the time being.
To quell my disappointments, I get right back into my usual routine. Today that was a scheduled morning of weeding at our Garden Club’s “signature” garden. I’ve been involved with caring for this garden since the Club’s restoration. Originally designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted firm, it is now part of the Town’s Waveny Park. My job today was to clear the rampant climbing hydrangea from the wonderful sculptural “windows” on the side of the main tea house.
The “windows” are able to be admired again!
I will be working tomorrow, finishing up on a new ad for the magazines. I can’t show you the finished product, but this is a close up portion of one the photos I took of the Chinese lacquer boxes that we will be featuring. Though very pricey, these incredible works of pure craftsmanship exhibit the skill of artists of another century and place. I am fascinated by them.
So, despite the disappointments in the garden and the huge disappointment with the puppy (I KNOW she really wanted to come home with me!), I am back in the swing of daily life….. knowing that these are very minor disappointments in the great scheme of life…..
Have a fabulous week end – this might be one of the best of the Summer in the Northeast!! Will your disappointments be overshadowed by a beautiful Summer day? I hope so!