“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” from Matt. 26:41 refers to people giving into temptations. But right now, I’m applying it to working in my yard. It’s easy to make a list of chores that need to be done, but oh, so difficult to accomplish them. Each year it takes a little (or a lot) longer to “Tote that barge. Lift that bale.” That may sound a little dramatic, but lack of strength and energy is my plea.
The most difficult thing for me to keep up with is the weeding and containing aggressive plants. In this picture Mexican Petunias (Ruellia simplex) have finally reached out beyond where I want them to grow. In the spring, my husband helped me dig me up the ones that were encroaching on a rose bush. But once again they have almost surrounded it.
The petunias have been there for about 9 years and were well behaved in the past, so I shouldn’t complain.
Although it’s isn’t as much of a problem, I sometimes don’t keep up with the chore of deadheading. It’s especially needed on hybrid roses because they bloom so much better when the spent flowers are cut off down below the next leaf.
And there is a wonderful pay off of gorgeous blooms. This is a new bush that I bought on a trip to Kerrville. I was looking for a climber and found this one instead. Chicago Peace (Rosa ‘Chicago Peace’) has a wonderful aroma.
Makes me wonder how many milkweed plants would be required in order to survive the caterpillars feasting on them.
Watering can be a time consuming chore. But I always make sure to water the container plants because I know our heat would kill them in a flash without moisture. This Ajuga (Ajuga turkestanica) from central Asia needs mostly shade.
I got this at Lady Bird Johnson Center in Austin at a plant sale. I thought it was a Plumbago. But the flowers don’t look right for that. Often, the plants there aren’t labeled, so I don’t really know what it is.
Whenever I feel frustrated with myself for not getting to all the yard jobs, I remind myself that I have a yard and the plants for my enjoyment. So I try to relax and not beat myself up.
“There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches.” Will Roger