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Every year, I hope to avoid a certain malady that always pops its head up in mid-August.
I was pretty sure I had skipped it this year, but early this week – it hit me.
What is this malady?
“I don’t want to venture out into my garden.”
Shocking, isn’t it? Now, there is nothing wrong with my garden. In fact, it looks its best this time of year.
My summer-flowering shrubs are absolutely covered in blooms, my trees are growing beautifully and my lawn is thick and green (thanks largely to increased humidity and monsoon rains).
|Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’|
|Arizona Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans stans)|
The fact that I haven’t spent much time out in the garden is rather obvious from the photos of my slightly overgrown plants below…
|Rio Bravo Sage|
So, why on earth don’t I want to go out in the garden?
Well, I must admit that I get a little ‘burned out’ on gardening. It has to do with the fact that I get a bit tired of the summer heat and living in the Desert Southwest, means that there is always something to do in the garden 12 months of the year.
Sometimes, I just need a little break. I don’t think this makes me a bad gardener or horticulturist – do you?
So, maybe some of my plants are a bit overgrown and need a little pruning. Well, they can grow for a couple more weeks and I’ll get to it in early September.
Besides, I would rather have a overgrown plant covered in flowers then one that is over-pruned and ugly, wouldn’t you?
I will shake off this seasonal ‘malady’ and be out in the garden, eager to plant seeds for my winter vegetable garden the beginning of September.
**How about you? Do you suffer from the same malady from time to time? Please tell me about it – it will make me feel better 🙂
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."