Right now, I am in my summer break. It's almost like a second winter. I always resist this break. It seems unnatural. The rose blooms get smaller, plants go dormant, and watering is intensified. Some plants die from the heat. I've learned to watch the heat index indicated for the plant as well as the cold hardiness index.
All that just to say, it's Hope Grows Day! Last month, my hope was for tomatoes, and to finish mulching. Well, the tomatoes have not produced. Triple digit heat, lows in the 80's, makes a tomato plant go dormant, or at the least produce tiny tomatoes. So, that hope was dashed.
So, too, was my mulching hope. I did get most of it completed before the heat wave, which came about a month early this year. If I had just had that extra month!
Don't get me wrong. It's not like I do nothing. Some years I have even worked all day in 105 degree temperatures! But I've been told so many times that I'm getting older, that I believe it myself! So, I try to limit my work in the garden to early mornings, and quit when the temperatures reach 100 or more. That time has been spent watering, because of the drought! Well, you get the picture. Nothing good to report this Hope Grows Day.
So, what do I hope for this next month? Mid-July through mid-August are traditionally the hottest time here. So, I have no work-related goals! I'm reading several gardening and non-gardening books right now. Decorating a bit. Making garden plans. All the things I do in winter.
Do I have hope for August? I hope the well is complete by then. Though the hole is dug, there is still the pump, the electrical work, and other matters necessary to be completed before it's useable. However, these matters are not in my control.
I hope it rains. I hope it gets cooler. These are not in my control, either.
When the world says, "Give up", Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."- Author Unknown
So, I do have hope for August. I hope my fall vegetable garden has been started by then. I hope to take joy in every bloom, no matter the size. I hope to find bees, butterflies and dragonflies, carrying on their lives. I hope the weather doesn't kill too many plans, but if it does, I hope I'll be able to design a better area, with better suited plants.
Yes, I hope. Because I am a gardener.