OLG (Old Lady Gardener) Moments in the Garden

Here in Minneapolis, Minnesota we have been dealing with super hot weather and no rain for what feels like months. Then this past weekend it happened. It turned cool, cloudy and the rain came. First in slow pitter and patters just leaving the scent of moisture in the air. Then a more steady rain fall – one not too fast but enough to begin to soak the ground. The dry hard earth was not sure what to do with this water and it pooling in places for a bit. Then the dryness let go and the moisture was absorbed into the earth leaving the rich smell of wet soil in the air. It felt like walking in a temperate rain forest for a short time.

It rained on and off all day Saturday and Sunday. What a joy for this water starved city and for my plants and for me. I had not realized how parched I felt and how excited I was just to sit and watch the rain from the sunroom room window.

Today the sun is out the morning dew is thick and the garden sparkles with water. The air is still cool. Our overnight low was 59 degrees. A delight for sure after 98 degree days and full sun. Today was my day to tackle another garden bed out back but a quick walk around the front found me deadheading flowers and cleaning up sticks, and bits and pieces of dried up plants.

Best laid plans of working out back were lost and I cleaned up the front beds and did a deep weed and mulch to one of them. I had neglected this area all summer. It felt great to pull away the dried up leaves and sun parched plants. The moisture of the weekend made the mulch wet and sticky and perfect to throw around the newly cleaned bed.

I am now stiff and sore from edging, weeding and mulch but my soul is happy to have this area clean. Funny how light we can feel when we take on a task we have put off for a long time. The task is never as hard as we thought but we just keep walking away from it. Once we face it we learn quickly how good it feels to complete it. In this case a new fresh look with the new enjoyment of moisture.

Below are a few early morning moments in and around a happy wet garden:

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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4 Responses to OLG (Old Lady Gardener) Moments in the Garden

  1. Morgan Davis says:

    Love this! I feel like I was out with you (deadheading and weeding are favorite past times!) I love how you describe “The dry hard earth was not sure what to do with this water and it pooling in places for a bit. Then the dryness let go…” and then went on to include yourself in the “letting go.” Thanks for sharing, the Slice and the pictures, too!

  2. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the welcome, calming relief the rain has brought to you. Like you, I regularly go into the garden with a plan, but I’m beginning to believe that garden likes to dictate the terms, thus directing you along another path and guiding your days toil and rewards.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Beautiful photos. And it is satisfying when we complete a work we have been postponing 😊

  4. Great description of your gardens, and the dryness, and as you got to the rain, there was a bit of suspense as I feared there might be flooding or plants washed away, but the next sentence resolved that. And your photos are beautiful, such detail in the closeups, especially the leaves — if I knew more about plants, i’d know what they are.

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