Written by Cinthia Milner of B.B. Barns (July 2017)
Yes, it’s July, and yes, it’s miserably hot to be working in the garden. But don’t quit now—the payoff is coming.
July is the month I wish I were a plant whisperer. As I gaze upon my over-planted, over-grown, jungle of a garden, I want to say to the irises, now popped up everywhere, “For Pete’s sake, divide and consolidate yourselves, please.” That crape myrtle, crammed three feet from the house, would politely follow my direction to lumber, Lord of the Rings style, to the western side of the house where space is plenty, and its arching branches could arch away.
The climbing roses that missed their pruning in early June would untangle, cane by cane from each other, and present themselves to my Felcos. Such lovely thoughts, but they aren’t getting the work done.
As the garden coach, I’m nudging you back outside. Yes, it’s July. Yes, it is miserably hot. But don’t give up—the payoff is coming. Grab pruners, trowel, sunscreen, and beverage, and head outdoors.
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