Mister and I frequently walk around the yard inspecting. Checking on what areas need weeding and what areas need watered. I am nervous when we do this, afraid that I will come across plants we neglected and stay forever in the category of "beginner gardeners."
This year though I have been surprised. We seem to be doing well. And things are growing! The only thing that disappointed me was that a lack of rain didn't bring the abundant blueberry and raspberry crops we enjoyed so much last year. Even still, we did have some blueberries and raspberries to enjoy.
And then we got a reminder that all of the careful tending and watering can still be all for nothing. Even when you have sprayed for bugs. Even when you have put on plant food. Even when you have weeded. Because sometimes, the animals still win and there's not much you can do about it except sit in the yard 24/7 and keep watch, which is unfortunate when we both work full time and require at least 7 hours of sleep.
Yesterday, we lost the most beautiful peach. It was almost ready, just one more day would have made it perfect. And someone else out there knew that too.
I am hoping these others stay safe so that we can enjoy some peach smoothies soon.