October 29th, 2004

photo: Zanthan Gardens
2004-10-29. Out of control. The Pandorea ricasoliana devours the path around the garage, the yuccas, and a persimmon tree.

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve written about the garden. I appreciate people writing to say they’ve missed my updates (thanks Pam and Rantor). I really don’t know what’s wrong with me. It’s as if the gardening fever has run its course. Is that possible? I thought that once the bug had bit, you were a gardener forever. And for the last ten years I’ve spent several hours a day in the garden and almost as much time again writing or reading about gardens.

In July I went on vacation, and in a sense I’ve never really come back. Rather than taking pleasure in puttering around, I’ve been avoiding the garden as one more thing on my to do list. In part, the weather has been discouraging. I’m so tired of this heat and humidity (and mosquitoes). But mostly I feel overwhelmed. I simply have no energy to face the rampant growth that this very wet summer and fall have wrought. The great irony of this is that I’m under absolutely no pressure–no work, no school. So you’d think I’d be able to direct all my energies to gardening. Apparently, I operate much better with deadlines!

What little energy I do have has been directed toward other projects. And I’ve been thick into home improvements–painting rooms, refinishing floors, moving people and furniture around.

A change in the weather is promised for Texas next Tuesday, November 2. Hopefully, it will sweep the country.

by M Sinclair Stevens

One Response to post “Overrun”

  1. From bill:

    I was just thinking this morning that I hadn’t heard from you in a while. I understand about the gardening. I haven’t done that much lately myself. And I went through a phase a few years ago when I did not have time for it either. But the interest came back for me as it probably will for you.

    I wish your other blog had an RSS feed (hint)