Tuesday, May 26, 2009



I was prepared to begin gardening when I arrived home for my spring/summer visit before returning to University for a summer session in July. I had brought out my summer ministry 'box' with a water bottle, sunscreen, capri work pants, t-shirts, bandanas, and bug spray. I was set for May's warm South Dakota sun. Those first days in the garden soared from the 80's to 90's in temperature and all the earth started to sprout forth.

Ahem...it has now been in the 60's and overcast for the past several days. April's showers have overcome May's warm sun for the flowers. The gray will sprinkle rain on us every now and then; and there was a good soaking drizzle last night. However, the only thing to grow since the temperature drop is the creeping jenny. The weeds are taking off in this cool dreary weather while the young plants and seeds seem to be waiting for the sun to return.

The pocket gophers have also found the garden. The newly planted squash, cucumber, and melon seeds have been pilfered by some well fed four legged thiefs! Still, we cannot replant until we see what actually has been taken. To do this, we must wait for the remaining seeds to sprout and break to the surface. It is hard to be patient.

I have decided to enjoy the dreary sprinkles today. I have gathered a good mystery, a cup of coffee, and discovered a wonderful spot to read. The lower level patio of the Monastery has a beautiful view of our south lawn. The grass is green, the iris are in full glory, and the bird feeders are thick with golden and purple finches. It is a great place to enjoy a book and some silence.


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