The Plights of Gardening

Fortunately we have had some rain last week so there is some fun in doing gardening work again. I don’t know how you get on in dry areas such as Texas or California, but I found that this drought we had from May to mid-June started getting on my nerves. Seeing lots of plants wither away, looking on a burned lawn already in May, trying to keep alive the strawberries and vegetables (who have remained in a bonsai state nevertheless), trying to save weakened plants from massive aphid attacks — all this was not very enjoyable. Therefore I didn’t feel like writing at all because who would like to read about the feelings of a depressed garden enthusiast?

For the roses, however, the weather has been perfect. The warmth has made them blossom early and with their deep roots they were not as dependent on regular watering as those plants with more shallow ones.

So almost to the end of June there was a fireworks of roses in my garden now only subdued by the recent rain that has caused quite a few blossoms to wilt. However, fresh raindrops on rose blossoms, is there anything more elegant than this?

Also, the rapeseed bug, a tiny black beetle usually feeding on rape blossoms, and a pest that has become resistant to almost all insecticides is bothering us again. However, it is not as bad as last year and the year before when you couldn’t go out wearing anything coloured white or yellow unless you wanted to be covered with little black bugs right way.

So for some reason there are never perfect conditions for gardening. It is either too cold or too hot, too dry or too wet, there are fungi or bugs or deer trying to live off your favourite plants — and still they always manage to come back up again. There is always something growing, flowering, flourishing, which is quite a miracle when you think what obstacles they are facing all the time.


4 Responses to “The Plights of Gardening”

  1. 1 sky
    July 2, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    how did you get rid of those bugs? that would scare me to death! we had a round of thrips this spring which worried and injured a few crowns of day lilies. but things finally calmed down after a couple of treatments. the photographs of your roses are beautiful!

  2. 2 Corinna Schwartz
    July 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Sky, apart from ruining the blossoms of white and yellow flowers and being a nuisance, those beetles are quite harmless in the garden. You can try to catch them with yellow bowls filled with water and soap so that they drown und thus manage to save some blossoms. However, it is much easier to wait until they’re gone, which is usually in August.

  3. 3 phyllis
    October 12, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    It is early october and i have these bugs on my roses almost worm like? will they go away? or are they somehting different

  4. 4 Corinna Schwartz
    October 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Phyllis, unfortunately I can’t help you here. Your bugs must be something different because the rapeseed bugs disappear as soon as it gets colder, and probably don’t exist in your country. — Where are you from, by the way?
    To get help it might be a good idea to find a garden blogger in your area, who might have experienced the same problem. You can find garden bloggers all over the world on blotanical.com.
    Good luck!

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