No one is allowed to ask me if I’ve mowed my lawn for the first time this year or talk about mowing their lawn. And right now, I don’t even want to hear the sounds of my neighbors mowing their lawns.
Why? Because, I want to mow my lawn and my lawn desperately wants and needs me to mow it. But I can’t because I took my mower to the hardware store on March 12th for the pre-season replace-sparkplug-and-air-filter-sharpen-blade-make-sure-it-is-running-top-notch tune up and they aren’t done with it yet.
Admittedly, when I took the mower in, I knew they were running about 3 weeks behind, so I would not get it back until around April 2nd. However, I checked my garden records and determined that in all likelihood. I would not have to mow the lawn before then, or if I did, it would be just a few days later, no-big-deal.
What? You don’t keep records of when you mow your lawn? You know, people where I work don’t either, oddly enough. But I know some of you reading this do. ‘Fess up! I’ve been keeping garden records ‘regularly’ since 2001 and I’ve often referred back to them to see when flowers bloomed, when I planted different plants, and when I’ve mowed the grass.
Here’s my “first mow dates” for the past 6 years. It’s a riveting list!
2001- April 12th
2002- April 6th
2003- March 28th
2004- March 28th
2005- April 9th
2006- March 31st
See? I assumed if I got my mower back by April 2nd, it would be in plenty of time and I based that assumption on six years of lawn mowing history.
But I didn’t plan for this big warm-up and jump start of spring. My grass is tall, and getting taller. And some of the trees have really started to leaf out, like the Japanese Tree Lilac (Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’) shown above.
I casually called the hardware store last Friday to find out if they were running ahead of schedule. They were not. “Let’s see,” they said, “you brought your mower in on the 12th, we told you three weeks, it is still three weeks.”
I worked up the courage to call again today. I asked if it would be ready at the end of the week. “Perhaps”. Then I asked if it wasn’t going to be done by the end of the week, could I “furlough”it for 24 hours to cut the grass and then bring it right back and not lose my place in line? “That would be an inconvenience”, they said. “We actually might have started on mowers brought on in the 11th or 12th today so you could possibly get it by the end of the week, but we can’t promise”.
That’s all I have to cling to right now, that I might get my mower back by the weekend.
Then I just hope it doesn’t rain.
So you understand now why no one is allowed to talk to me about mowing their lawns this spring, at least not until I’ve mowed my lawn for the first time.
And by the way, I think this lilac pictured below, Syringa vulgaris ‘White Angel’, is too far along, too. (Sorry that bud is a little blurry).