Well, it seems that the rain here in Melbourne these past few weeks has been continual and I now understand the frustration that Northern Hemisphere gardeners experience during the colder months when snow prevents you from getting outside and into the garden.
However, instead of undertaking maintenance of gardening tools (and other similarly mundane items) during this inclement weather, I did have a laugh reading some the Top 10 reasons why Gardening is fun in one of our Industry publications from columnist and gardener Jan Riggenbach in her syndicated column Midwest Gardening:
Top Ten Reasons Gardening Is Fun
10. Does not require a remote control.
9. Has nothing to do with politics.
8. You can blame the weather for anything that goes wrong.
7. Looks enough like work to assure solitude.
6. Legal to exterminate your enemies.
5. Right to bare arms – and bare legs.
4. Allows you to turn your junk into art objects.
3. Does not require fluency in Latin.
2. You can bury your mistakes in the compost pile.
1. You won’t be arrested for ignoring “the rules.”
And, with some spare time and access to the computer, I found these other tidbits of gardening wisdom from anonymous authors that you might enjoy reading – unless of course you have nicer weather than we have here and are actually spending some time in the garden.
The real meaning of plant catalogue terminology:
• “A favourite of birds” means to avoid planting near cars, sidewalks, or clotheslines.
• “Grows more beautiful each year” means “Looks like roadkill for the foreseeable future.”
• “Zone 5 with protection” is a variation on the phrase “Russian roulette.”
• “May require support” means your daughter’s engineering degree will finally pay off.
• “Moisture-loving” plants are ideal for landscaping all your bogs and swamps.
• “Carefree” refers more to the plant’s attitude than to your workload.
• “Vigorous” is code for “has a Napoleonic compulsion to take over the world.”
• “Grandma’s Favourite”– until she discovered free-flowering, disease-resistant hybrids.
Some additional wisdom:
• “Annuals” mean disappointment once a year.
• Your lawn is always slightly bigger than your desire to mow it.
• Whichever garden tool you want is always at the back of the shed.
• The only way to ensure rain, is to give the garden a good soaking.
• Weeds grow at precisely the rate you pull them out.
• Nothing ever looks like it does on the seed packet.
• Autumn follows summer, winter follows autumn, drought follows planting.
• The only way to guarantee some colour all year round is to buy a garden gnome.
• However bare the lawn, grass will appear in the cracks between the patio paving stones.
• Evergreens go a funny shade of brown in the winter.
I hope these brought a smile to your face as they did mine. ‘Garden on, Good People!’