Sunday, November 23, 2008
Garden Timing: Snow Easy Feat
I love my garden. I love digging in the dirt. And yet I'm a terrible gardener when it comes to timing. I can never get it right.
So this afternoon found me digging through snow in front of the house, frantically trying to plant a slew of tulip and daffodil bulbs before the ground freezes solid.
Sure, there are reasons for my bad timing. I had to get Obama elected (singlehandedly!!), then had to wait until my back felt better, then had to finish the end-of-term grading. Even today, I was rushing rushing rushing before the sun went down and my assistant (the Tiger) lost patience - both of which, predictably, happened toward the end.
And yet, I got 200 bulbs in the ground. Not well. Not deep. But they're in. Tomorrow, more snow is supposed to fall.
I'm pretty sure that's an unsubtle metaphor for how I manage my life.
And now we wait and hope for a reprise of last spring's glory.
All photos courtesy of my garden porn collection. Today's bulbs went into new beds; I'm hoping that these tulips - photographed in April 2008 in front of my house - might return for a third year.