It's been noted that most of my blog posts of late have been only remotely garden-related. I am aware of that and while I prefer to post about gardening subjects, as I've said before, there are many more facets to my life. But I really do have A Good Excuse and to satisfy those that want pictures of flowers, I'm posting some today.
First the pictures, then My Excuse.
I could say it's because we've been getting ready for our garage sale which is this Friday and Saturday. Garage sales are so much work and every time I do one, I say it's the last and then I get suckered into it just one more time. I do enjoy the sale itself, but not the pricing part. Give me a garage sale to put on and I can drag out the preparation for it until the wee hours of the morning it opens. But that's not My Excuse either.
Now if I said I hadn't actually spent much time in the garden, that would be true. And if I also said that my garden isn't very attractive right now and there isn't much worth getting excited about flower-wise, that would be somewhat true, too. But these things are still not The Excuse I'm going to give for the lack of posey posts.
So, can you guess just what it is then?
It's a little thing, really. Well, lots of little things - annoying things . . .
We are in the midst of The Great Mosquito Invasion of 2007. It is akin to the locust plagues of Bible fame. And for those of us that are allergic to their saliva, even a few of these are enough to keep you in the house. Where are the bats when you need them?
They're so bad right now in our area that they made the evening news last night. Cities are spraying for them. We live out in the country, but we're also spraying a little bit, mostly around doorways and windows. They like to cling to the doors for some reason, so when you open them, one or two manage to get inside and there is nothing more irritating than to be awakened from a sound sleep by a whiny mosquito circling your head. That requires pulling the sheet over your head and hoping you don't suffocate before morning.
I could cover myself in DEET and laugh in the face of these vampirical bugs while tending to the gardens, but if it's not good for them, it's probably not all that good for me either, so I'll just wait them out. The gardens will survive without me.
Those blurry pictures? Those are the fault of the mosquitoes, too. If you hold still for more than half a second, you're sure to be skeeter bait. Actually, I did manage to get a few good photos of things and I'll post those a little later.
So is your garden looking a little ragged about now? What's your excuse?