Hello friends! Welcome to Episode #1 of: The Summer of 2016 Garden Diary. Here’s the setup: I share a garden space with my mother. Her name is Vernita, but she is known to many as Neeners. This is unless she is being difficult, and then she wants to be called ‘The N’. She is 85, drives like a maniac, speaks her mind especially if you don’t want to hear it, is full of energy, and is very bossy in all gardening endeavors. She is also hilariously funny even though she doesn’t know it. This marks our third year in garden sharing, and she is constantly trying to outwit and out-plant me to get her way. I will admit she has a green thumb such as I’ve never seen. Take a look: This rose was planted last year and was less than 2 feet tall. Neeners is standing, and is about 5’4″. I don’t know how she does it, but I suspect some sort of voodoo. I will post a Garden Diary every week or two during the summer so you can follow along with Neeners’s antics, and my attempts to outwit her.
Before we get into the actual garden goings on, I thought you might enjoy some photos of a few of the rest of her roses. Sit back, pour a glass of wine, take a deep breath, and see what the old girl has done:
…and those are just her roses. You can see what I’m up against. Our garden consists of 8, 20 foot long raised beds. We typically argue over what to plant and where, and eventually come to some sort of compromise. Except where tomatoes are concerned. Neeners accuses me of crowding the plants (I confess, I like to plant as many varieties as possible which often results in them being….um….cozy with each other. Neeners like to give her tomatoes lots of room, and will sneak out into the garden after I’m gone and stake her claim by planting her tomatoes with 4x the room between them as I do. And then, of course, she gets bragging rights because she always gets the first tomatoes on the vine. Ugh.
We planted the garden about a month ago, and things are going well so far. There has been no cussing, no yelling, and not to much sneakiness. This will end soon, but for now we are both happy that the garden is growing. We even have sugar snap peas coming soon. Last year some critter got into them and ate most of our seedlings, but so far so good this year. Neeners is a Sugar Snap Pea fanatic, and she will sneak out into the garden and abscond with all of them before I get one little bite. Then she will concoct a story about a marauding raccoon who she will swear picked and ate them all. I may have to install motion detectors.
Neeners does not see the point of Rainbow Chard, but it is one of my favorites. I experimented with planting seeds this year in hopes of getting a better variety of colors. Time will tell…
We also have a nice big row of Tayberries. The bush is loaded, and they will soon be ripe. I have to steel myself for the predictable phone calls: “The Tayberries are ripe. Get over here and pick them!!!” See, I told you she was bossy.
We got her a Neeners sized spray wand this year, so she thinks she is hot stuff when it comes to watering.. This photo was taken shortly after she hollered at me for ‘drowning the seeds’ and took over. See that smile? It’s really a sneer of victory.
Until next time……xoxoxo