[gardeners] Sunday in the garden

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 29 Sep 2002 08:10:51 -0500

The sinus drainage and associated cough went away yesterday morning as
suddenly as it appeared. Last night I finally got a full nights sleep
and feel rested again. Consequently I went out when dawn cracked the
first time and viewed the gardens, accompanied by my faithful companion,
Sleepy Dawg, Miz Anne being busily engaged in burying her head in a

Faithful Companion immediately became engaged in a staring contest with
a huge toad but, since she gets punished with a foul taste if she
attacks one, she conceded the contest.

The lettuce is up as high as mouse ears and the green beans are poking
above the earth now. I swear I could see some carrot fronds in that row
but am not sure as it was not full daylight at the time. The one
canteloupe left on the vine is, I fear, going to wither away as the vine
is dying. The summer tomatoes are truly setting new fruit and I hope we
will get to see some ripen. The chiles are producing prodigiously and I
harvested a bucket of ripe ones. They are drying on the countertop at
this time and then will be frozen for later use.

Sitting on the park bench, having a cup of coffee and glancing through
the morning paper Miss Sleepy Dawg and I watched the sunrise and
listened to the birdsong including the chirps of the feuding hummers
that are flitting around the flowers that are open and the feeder. Even
as we enjoyed the morning I fear we will have an early winter as the
oaks are already starting to shed their leaves. Whatever occurs we will
enjoy the seasons and the growing things.  Life is good.