Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Spring That Wasn't...

One Helluva Spring, 
or 
The Spring That Wasn't


Hybridizing Garden - 04-27-2014

It has been a while since I have posted anything, about three months. I apologize to all my regular readers. This has been a less-than-enjoyable spring for me. In fact, today, on the first day of summer, I am asking myself, "Where did this spring go anyhow?"

In had spent every nice day during the hideous winter cutting bamboo, and I managed to cut well over a thousand culms in the process of cleaning up some areas that the bamboo had run through in order to get it to other areas where I wanted it to be growing. By March, I was ready and excited to get started on many projects. So in early March, my left shoulder and arm went out, probably due to damage to the ligaments and tendons on the back of the arm/shoulder at the joint due to the bamboo work from the winter. 


So I spent two months incapacitated and in agony, unable to sleep in the bed, unable to get comfortable in any position and unable to do anything at all as every little thing I did from opening a door, to holding a telephone to typing an email made my injury move from agony to excruciating agony. Work of any kind was out of the question, as that just made things worse and if I kept it up, I was never going to heal.


Needless to say, this left me in a less than pleasant mood and also way behind on everything. Finally in late May, I began to be healed enough to start trying to catch up on all the work that had piled up for those two months and I am still working frantically to catch up on it all. I can say this - I am so glad this spring is over! I am actually almost caught up, but there is still a harried, hurried, rushed feeling I can't shake. I guess that will fade in time... 


Here's hoping that the last half of 2014 is marginally better than the first half has been...


I should be able to start getting caught up on posting here and make at least a monthly post through the summer and into the fall. I hope you are all well and your plants came through the 'winter of doom' without too much damage. Mine are blooming very late, and while I had no significant losses of cultivars, I did loose a lot of seedlings. That's ok, as it just tells me to not breed from certain evergreens/semi-evergreens ever again. In upcoming posts I will cover some of the damage as well as some of the most remarkably hardy plants and how the winter of 2013/2014 and this awful spring have made some shifts and adjustments in both my breeding objectives and some of my gardening procedures. Till then...


Happy Summer!