The Lackadaisical Gardener
Friday, August 17, 2012
I played hooky today! I guess that's not exactly accurate, since I did tell my boss yesterday I was taking off today. But it felt good to get out of bed when I wanted instead of setting an alarm. My usual first activity is to go to the gym, but today I skipped the gym - in favor of yard work.
Texas is in the midst of drought for the 2nd year in a row. Everything is suffering. Water is being rationed. Watering is limited to certain days. It's a struggle to keep things alive, much less pretty. I've done what I can.
But... a few days ago we had rain! Lovely, slow, cooling, refreshing rain. An inch! I know that's not a big deal in other parts of the country, but here in the Texas panhandle, an inch is BIG NEWS. It also made the soil soft, so out I went to pull weeds.
I spent about an hour pulling and hoeing careless weeds. If you aren't familiar with careless weeds, good for you. They're awful, invasive and just plain yucky. And they have roots that go on for miles - MILES, I tell you!
After that I moved to my flower beds. Now is probably a good time to confess that I might not always "do what I can" with regards to my *coff coff* "landscaping". I water, almost regularly. I yank a weed or two if they're big enough to be seen from the street (except for the careless weeds, which have to get out of hand before I tackle them). I deadhead the rosebushes... sometimes. My horticultural knowledge is more than adequate, but my activity? Lackadaisical at best. I tend to look out, see what all needs to be done, get overwhelmed, and sit down in the front porch swing.
This morning I was inspired by the soft soil and the cool breeze (very rare this time of year). After that hour of battling careless weeds, I weeded, moved border bricks, pruned dead limbs out of rosebushes... all sorts of chores that were overdue.
All this entailed plenty of squatting, bending, walking, upper body work, sweating, and huffing and puffing. Glorious!
Then it was in to rehydrate and pop a Benadryl (I develop hives and blisters from handling most green plants) and a muscle relaxer to stave off the backache I knew would follow. Of course the Benadryl led to a nap - now THAT's playing hooky! I drowsed through some bad afternoon TV and finally got up, feeling refreshed, not achey, but definitely like I'd had a good workout.
Maybe I should do yard work more often... nahhhhh....