You can experience a lot of different emotions in just a few minutes in the garden.
For a few minutes, I was so happy in my garden.
I saw that my candy lilies are starting to bud out. These were little tiny seedlings this spring when I transplanted them to where they are now. I originally got the seeds for these from Park Seeds several years ago. They claim they are the only ones who have them but if you “google” candy lily you will find many places sell them.
They are listed as perennials, but mine seem to come up as seedlings each year, so maybe they have reverted back to one of the parents because hybrids should not come true from seed.
Next spring I’m going to pay closer attention and I’ll be able to see if these come back or if I just have seedlings again. Regardless of what these are, they are pretty and I was happy to see a flower stalk on one of them this evening.
My happiness was short-lived, however, and was replaced with disgust. Just a few feet from these I saw what was left of one of the hostas I planted a few weeks ago, and there wasn’t much left. Some critter had chewed it down to nothing and ate the leaves and all. Luckily, this was one that I had divided when I planted it so just a few feet away, I have another one. It is the variety “Praying Hands”.
I just hope the rabbit who ate this doesn’t think the other one is also there for it to eat. Yes, I am blaming the rabbits for this, as I blame them for any destruction in the garden no matter if they did it or not.
But then I looked back at my vegetable garden and was happy again. The bunnies, so far, aren’t eating the green beans, so I should have some to harvest in a few days.
And these gladiolus came up again.
I always assumed that glads will not overwinter here and should be dug up in the fall. I did dig up some of these last fall, but got lazy and left some of the corms on the ground, so naturally they didn’t come up this spring. But those I missed digging did come up, and are starting to bloom.
It makes me happy because I didn’t expect to have glads this summer, after I treated the ones I had last year so poorly.
How many emotions did you feel in your garden today? Countless, I bet, because sometimes it’s a regular roller coaster existence out in the garden.