Monday, October 1, 2012

31 Days of Garden Delights.

In a curious act of insanity, I've committed to play along with Nesting Place's October challenge: write about a passion for 31 days. Obviously, my passion is growing things: gardens, locavores, kids, environmental awareness...and even trying to grow a little bit myself. Passion? Check. The ability to write something worthy of reading every day for 31 days? 

Now, that's daunting.

Already, I'm a bit behind. It's 11:30 p.m. on October 1, and I've just found the time to sit at the computer.

It's raining. In fact, it has rained all day. And my plans for today were--dare I say it?--a wash. Today, I intended to plant the potager. The potager is another personal challenge--a garden space that demands attention, a space that should be pristine and balanced, where weeds should cower in fear each time I walk by.

Instead, the potager is an overgrown jungle, desperately needing to transition from summer crops to fall crops, with perky violas replacing tired marigolds in the border. The plants, waiting patiently in their trays, will be waiting a few more days, I'm afraid. 

Tomorrow's forecast? Rain.

Although it's soggy, we gardeners know that storms might interfere with our schedules, but there's nothing as soothing as the sound of rain on skylights. For the first time in years, our area enjoyed a drought-free summer. 

I'll never begrudge rain.

So, for the next month, I'll be sharing a daily "Garden Delight" with you. It might be an autumn container, a list of fall crops, a pretty bloom from the garden, an herb-infused recipe, a kid-friendly dirt digging project. 

Today's delight? Rain.

Who knows what the next 30 days will bring?

See you tomorrow...for a Garden Delight!


XO ~


31 Days of Garden Delights. Click the link to view each post.

October 2: Mighty Mint.
October 3: Migrating Monarchs.
October 4: Dill-icious Pickles.
October 5: Floral Friday: Japanese Anemones.
October 6: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...
October 7: Fun with Gourds.
October 8: Rule-Breakers Pick Apples. (Spoiler Alert: No One Dies.)
October 9: Pampering Perennials: Historic Snail Flower.
October 10: Fabulous Fraise des Bois.
October 11: Politics and Apple Cake.
October 12: Organic Halloween Decorations.
October 13: If You Take a Sister to a Soccer Game...
October 14: Holy Hot Peppers.
October 15: October Blooms.
October 16: World Food Day.
October 17: Fail!
October 18: Fail!
October 19: Garden Helpers...or Hooligans?
October 20
October 21
October 22
October 23
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27
October 28
October 29
October 30
October 31


  1. Rain is far and few between for us here in Georgia. We are in year 3 of this drought cycle. I say cycle as it has been a rain free area for more years then less in the 12 years we have lived here. Sigh.... Although, our Aug this year was full of rain! My gardens were happy about that as they are usually parched during that hot month. So rain is a good thing! Love that rain...

  2. It is good to have "met" you at the scene in MY garden. I'll add you to my "scene's" sidebar and look forward to reading your posts this month!

  3. I look forward to your month of passion. I think you could have rain as a passion...we sure need/love it! I embrace a rainy day, hoping we get another soon, though not Thursday, going to the Albino Skunk Bluegrass Festival. Outdoor concert. (Concerts are another of my passions)

  4. I wish my weeds would cower in fear. Alas, I think they thumb their noses and snicker, instead.

  5. What a great topic. I have a love-hate relationship with my tiny little raised-bed garden in the backyard. Basically, I love it in the early spring - so much possibility! - then hate it when it doesn't produce like I think it should... not enough sunlight, pests, inadequate watering, etc.