And lastly, my neglected, overgrown, full of weeds, herb garden! This is all just so shameful! Well, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so that is what I am doing! Haha! Actually, this has been an unusual year for us. There are many contributing situations that led to this neglect.
1. The weather. Oregon had another very wet spring and early summer. We had rain and overcast days all the way up through the end of July. We had a few nice days in between, but it was not a traditional beautiful summer that we normally get.
2. We are pretty much fair-weathered gardeners, so we didn't get out there and work in the yard. Usually in Mid may we start our annual pre-summer yard clean up and we prepare the garden, but this past May, the weekends seemed to be always pouring down rain and we didn't get out there.
3. June and July both were crazy busy for us with trips, parties, and company. Also, we tore down the pool, which was an involved project and took time away from our regular yard work those first few weeks in June.
4. Eric had carpal tunnel surgery.
5. Our water bill in our little town has skyrocketed because we voted in a new sewer system and we all have to pay the cost of it. Our water bill used to be about $30.00 in the summer and now it's about $150.00. So by the time the end of July and August were here and we had some hot sunny days, we didn't feel much like watering because our hearts were just not into the yard, and thinking about that crazy water bill, we just didn't water. Well, we actually did water the garden and our flower baskets on the front and back porches, but we didn't water our grass.
6. We bought quads and have spent pretty much the rest of our summer on them!
7. Lastly, and I think this has a lot to do with all of this neglect is that there are no more children playing in the back yard. Our youngest, Hayden, is almost 18 and he works now and is too busy to hang out back there. The trampoline broke in the spring and we got rid of the pool in June, so there's nothing to do back there any more for a young man. In summer's past, the boys were always hanging out in our backyard, thus Eric and I were always out there and we kept it nice for all of us. It's sad, but true.
So, this is our plan. Hayden graduates from high school in June of 2012 and we will be having a big party in our backyard for him. Parties are the best motivators for us! We are already talking about pulling out dead plants and trees, pruning back the fruit trees and other plants that are overgrown, redesigning the old pool area, building mobile wooden screens to hide all the boats, quads, and junk we have accumulated, and tearing down the old swing-set, fort and pigeon cage. We will plant new shrubs and more flowers and hopefully we will have a beautiful backyard again!
I do feel really bad about our yard situations, but sometimes you just have off years and this was ours. I feel ashamed about all of the neglect, but we will do better next year. I promise!
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:3