My shrub roses, whose glory normally peaks in June, look scroungy this year. A month ago, two hard frosts sent the poor things scurrying back into dormancy. Many haven't even begun to bloom. Have you noticed that when something goes awry in our flower or vegetable beds, we gardeners have more excuses than trowels and hoses? Instead of admitting our ignorance, laziness, or blunders, we quickly cite weather conditions, insects, disease, seed or bedding plant quality, soil types, and my personal go-to, mineral-heavy well water. (Hey, maybe that's why I'm the only one on the planet that can't grow daisies!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Take the hardest thing in your life--the place of difficulty, outward and inward, and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot. Just there He can bring your soul into blossom." ~Lilias Trotter, as quoted by L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert
If Sugar's feet (she foundered last summer) are trimmed right and the ground is soft, I can (finally!) ride her. The other day, she and I got to help bring in cows to be wormed, work them into the alleyway, and then take them out to pasture. Many might call that ho-hum, but I found it heavenly. For her part, Sugar seemed proud and happy to be back at her cowhorse job.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "It takes courage not to be discouraged." ~Ben Ferencz