the seductive lure of the spring garden
It's funny how in spite of being short sighted all my life, I can spot an aspiring weed from a thousand paces. And with the transitory rise in temperature, the deadly battle of wits against the unwanted persistent plants called weeds, has resumed.
Actually it only looked as if the warm weather had arrived. Right now it's cold (for Melbourne cold is 9 to 15 degrees) and raining hard causing flooding in some places.
The garden is lush with spring growth and this is wonderful. But ... I am thinking ahead. This very wonderfulness may lead to problems later when it's summer and conditions get harsh and tricky. The spring annuals grow and shade the ground, making it impossible to mulch until they seed themselves and die. By this time there will be bare areas of earth and the perennials will be unprotected. But can I resist plants suggestively named love in the mist and opium poppies?
There is so much growth. It's untidy, ungainly and just asking to be trimmed. But with climate change it's no longer a good idea to prune whenever I have the time. I should leave as much of this growth on trees and shrubs as I can bear, to make sure there is summer shade later. But with spring annual flowers, it's a case of enjoy now, try not to worry about tomorrow.