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casualties and hope

April 27, 2008

zora naki

you know how sometimes gardening books will tell you one thing, and you think – well, that may be the case for most people, but i happen to be a very lucky gardener, so i’ll just play the odds on planting early and hope for no late april frosts? or maybe you’ve been reading about global warming and assume that things will have heated up in your neck of the woods (at least a few degrees) since whenever the book was published? or maybe you just go forth and plant in blind ignorance – other things seem to be blooming and growing so it seems like a good time?

pretty much all three apply to me and i am sad to report that there were heavy casualties from the snow of last saturday. all the tomato plants and all the pepper plants perished. we ceremoniously composted them today (after waiting a week for signs of life). it’s also looking bad for the camellia that was transplanted.

but then…i spotted something small and red bulging out of the ground from under a small clump of leaves. my first radish of the year. hope has bloomed anew.


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  1. April 28, 2008

    That’s a textbook good-looking radish — consolation!!
    I don’t think it’s too late to start Black Krim anew, especially if you have some fluorescent lamps to urge ’em on? And dry milk? Yipes, tomatoes are slow, but I like to think these’ll be particularly worthwhile.
    You write gorgeously about tragedy, by the way! 🙂

  2. April 28, 2008

    Oh, I’m so sorry. I’ve had some casualties too this year because I always push the envelope. Ah, well . . . . ~~Dee

  3. April 28, 2008

    It’s like a horse race: sometimes we win, sometimes we lose – what a gamble. But it is intoxicating.

    Found you on Blotanical. Good post.

  4. April 28, 2008

    Sorry about your casualties. But don’t you just love the hope aspect of gardening? Sweet radish… and cute bees:).

  5. April 29, 2008

    thanks for your lovely comments. i have replanted and everything is looking green once again…

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