Garden Porn – The Flesh Is Weak

A couple of days ago, a friend asked me if we were still observing the Sabbath. First I hung my head. And then I took a deep cleansing breath. So many weeks had passed. I remembered our fervor – our intention to have a Tech-free day, a non-driving day, a non-working day of rest and reflection. But that was last month… maybe five or so weeks ago. Since then… nothing.

Our falling away from our intentions started innocently enough. Looking at the calendar, we decided that Saturday wouldn’t work and Sunday wouldn’t work either. Wednesday? Maybe  if we moved our Sabbath observance to Wednesday, we could step aside from things-to-do, places-to-be and the bombardment of depressing national and international news. Could we turn off the phone and the computer in the middle of the week? We thought that we could. With that fudge-factor, we began to celebrate the Sabbath midweek. As it turned out, finding a weekday, didn’t work either.

I hate that we are apparently so driven… that our flesh is so weak.

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All flower photos taken April 9, ‘DownBelow’

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Be still, My Heart!

Gardening in Westcliffe is not for the faint-of-heart. Those who want to play it safe, should count on sowing seeds directly in the ground no sooner than June 26, and the first freeze of the short, summer season may come as early as August 29. Adding insult to injury, a vicious wind rips up The Valley and can lower temperatures as much as 30 degrees.

We who have lived here for some time know this. Unable to curb our baser instincts, we plant too early, and then… after losing our plants to a late freeze, we plant again. The nurseries DownBelow must love us. Year after year we are suckered into buying and planting and buying again.

If you have ever been tempted to read the tabloid headlines or buy a Snickers while standing in the checkout line at the grocery, you know that most of us are pretty pulpy when it comes to self-discipline. I am one of those pulpy people.

DSCN2680Temptation is never far away. Driving east up over the Wet Mountains and down the Hardscrabble, we shop DownBelow in Canon City, Colorado Springs, or closer to home, Pueblo.  At 4,684-feet of elevation, Pueblo has 158 frost-free days. In contrast, at 7,867-feet, Westcliffe has a considerably shorter growing season – some years as short as 64 frost-free days.

Beginning in mid-April, Pueblo nurseries, groceries, and home-improvement stores put temptation in my path. Walking past the displays of color and scent, sensory over-load kicks in, and temptation’s fingers clutch at my clothing as I pass. I pause. (Do not slow down. Keep walking!)

DSCN2709Knowing me as well as you do, you know that this past weekend I paused, and then I bought two, small shrubs. A lavender Lilac which is good for -40 and a pink Spirea, a riskier choice that is only good to -30.

What can I say in my defense? I’m needy, but I’m caught between longing for planting season and wanting a good two feet of snow to bolster our water table. Today, began with an inch or two of wet snow and mountains clouded in the mist.

By noon today, the clouds hang heavy – layered half way between the crest of the Sangres and the Valley floor. Apparently the clouds feel my angst.

 

 

 

 

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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2 Responses to Garden Porn – The Flesh Is Weak

  1. akrelph@gmail.com says:

    A view. From the front of my house in ca hugs Anne

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Bar Scott says:

    I love this blog, Doris. The pics are fabulous too.

    B

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