Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Morning Rant

I am in a mood this morning. Actually it started yesterday, but really it has been all summer long as I have to face a sad reality here at the Garden Spot: The Weeds Are Out of Control. Seriously. The Head Gardener took me for ride on the EZGO yesterday eager to show me all the work that he had finished, but instead of seeing his accomplishments, I saw all the weeds.

And this was going to be the year that we conquered the weed. What was I thinking? Do we ever conquer them? They thrived in the drought last year. They have soaked up their share of our more than usually rainfall this year, They are a winning the battle.

I even ventured out to the vegetable garden last night to see if there really was anything to pick.

I had to almost chop my way through the weeds to get to the vegetables. The garden is so sad that I'll not be showing any photos of it this year. But the thing about vegetables is how resilient they are. Give them rain and they grow despite the weeds because that is about all of the attention that the garden has received this year. While the lawn looks fabulous and the water garden is beginning to look awesome, other places at the Garden Spot have been neglected.

So, here is my onion harvest. Of the 3 rows and 3 varieties of onions planted, this is it. They just did not grow. They were planted next to the corral fence where the Head Gardener had treated the soil with an industrial weed pre-emergent two years ago. Nothing wants to grow there now. 

I will get an ample production of peppers. These are the Anaheim, a mild but still bitty pepper. I will have lots of green peppers, and jalapeños. The tomatoes are starting ripen. I picked a pan full, so I may get enough to make salsa.

The green beans which we have always had good luck growing fell to the bunnies who discovered the tender new shoots. I suppose we will have to install some chicken wire fencing next year to keep the bunnies out of the garden. We have 3 red beets growing and my husband pointed out the one carrot that survived his cultivation. He tends to forget get that seeds are underneath the soil when he cultivates his ditches for irrigation early before the seeds have a chance to germinate.

So while he is off to his two-day-a week job, I will be weeding the front circle yet again. It is really a really grim place. And this will be the last attempt for the season. 

On a more cheerful note, meet my new friend.

This is Bear. He belongs to my friend whose daughter is giving the girls riding lessons. Usually Mara comes to our house to give the girls their lesson on Pop, but Wednesday they were invited to her barn to ride her big guy Bear. At 24 he is now retired from show competition, but he still wants to be part of the action.

The girls help groom him before they ride. They can barely reach his shoulders. He wears his fancy lace to keep the flies off of his ears.

You can see how big he is as Lucy attempts to mount him.

He is very gentle.

At 13 Mara is an accomplished horse woman and has done so well teaching the girls. Here Lucy takes her first jump. 

The girls were thrilled to get ride Bear. They were so relaxed I think because Bear was relaxed. Ellie looks right at home on the big guy.

Miss Ellie takes her first jump. By the end of her session, Ellie was riding Bear alone and taking the jump without Mara's assistance.

A nice little shower after a heavy work out.

Now look at this little girl and a big horse. Love this photo. And I have to comment on the beautiful landscape behind the barn, the corn fields of northern Colorado.

A day spend with horses and kids is the best day.

And that's why weeds are out of control around here. 

Better get to work.

The EZGO awaits

Hope you all have a fabulous week end.

(Gee, I feel better already. Nothing like good friends to listen to a rant to get it out of one's system.)

Thanks for listening to me today.


  1. Oh, those weeds. Nothing can stop them! Time spent with little girls and horses is a great way to calm down. Beautiful photos.

  2. The weeds can wait, it is much better to see the grandchildren have their riding lessons. The little Lucy on that big horse, and she could manage. Ellie took even a jump. You must feel privileged to be able to enjoy your granddaughters with these animals. I think it´s wonderful.
    And what concerns the garden: at least your have a nice green lawn and a beautiful new pond.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh dear Ann - or should I call you Mrs. Grumpy. Never mind about the weeds - you have to look at the positive side of your garden - you have made great headway with a lot of projects - you can't expect to keep everything in perfect condition - you have had a lot on your plate just lately what with all your visitors etc. It is good that you take time out to be with the girls - they need you more than the garden does.

  4. I've been in a mood today, too, Ann. When I read you first sentence, I realized we must be on similar wave lengths. I haven't slept well AT ALL for about a week, and today it hit me hard. I've been tired and grumpy all day. That being said, I understand your feelings about the weeds. We can never manage to conquer them here, either. They just LOVE our hot, humid weather here in the south, and they will thrive during a drought when everything else is dying. Grrr. You have a lot of property to maintain, though, so give yourself a break. That's a large area to try and keep weed-free. :)

    I LOVE Bear; he looks so sweet and gentle. I think it's great that your granddaughters are getting riding lessons. I loved riding our horses when I was a teenager.

    I hope you have a good weekend, Ann!

    Hugs To You,


  5. I have enough of a time with the weeds on a residential property Ann so can't imagine trying to control them out in the country. Besides, some weeds are beneficial to wildlife and could become part of your planned landscape.
    Amazing to see such young girls confident and enjoying their time with the horse. The lace thing for the flies is really cool, does someone have to custom make them?

  6. What a lovely horse and such cute little riders, too!
    Weeds. I don't like them at all.

  7. The weeds are quick to take over but luckily our veg can be fairly hearty too. Your horse is lovely and I like the beautiful white head dress.

  8. Hi Anne,

    Your garden looks fine to me, but I think I know what you mean. I feel the same about my garden too. You see things that others don't see!

    What I wanted to say. I don't have two gardens, only the allotment garden. It still is a lot of work, with a job and the family, but I love it! I know the fact that I sometimes talk about 'my garden' and sometimes about 'my allotment', may sound a bit confusing. Sorry!

    Wishing you a happy week!

    Madelief x

  9. The weeds will always be there, times with the Grands not so much.

    Let the weeds grow, the garden go to seed...time spent with loved ones can not be given back.

    Seeds can be replanted, gardens weeded, flowers will bloom all by themselves...


  10. Hello! Even weeds would be welcome at my place at the moment :) Cannot wait to have a garden again...the photos are so precious. That's the beauty of your blog - the capture of so many memories.


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