Thursday, August 20, 2009

Three Weeks of Growth

WE got back to Atlanta after three and a half weeks away in the height of summer, eager to see what had changed in the back garden. Despite exhaustion from the long journey, Emma had to run outside to inspect the vegetable patch as soon as we got home. She delightedly forged a path in the (on her) knee-high meadow of grass and we followed. Alexander took one look at the jungle and abandoned his newly-walking feet for the safety of his knees. The most impressive was the purple hyacinth beans which had shot into flower. Green beans had a handful of beans, which we promptly collected along with a pepper and some tomatoes for lunch. Moving around the garden, the crape myrtle is now in full dark pink bloom, and our yellow lantana takes over half the rockery. It's beautiful! Some other things did not fare so well; I forgot to add the new butterfly bush to the watering list, and sadly it and several annuals didn't survive. But the dry season doesn't seem to have detered the crabgrass and other weeds, which are running rampant in the flower beds.

Several days later we set to work mowing and weeding, and rescuing plants as best we could. This may take a while...

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