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Woke up at 2 a.m. this morning to gentle summer rains and window blinds banging. After church, my husband made breakfast – windows now wide open with bacon frying. Can there be a better smell than fresh earth, rain, bacon frying and laundry in the dryer? Only in summer can I experience this.

Picked three pounds of raspberries in the hot sun, and interrupted many leaf hoppers. I thought at first they were hornets, but thank goodness no.

I’m behind – behind picking raspberries – overripe berries fell at my feet just touching the branches. I’m behind at planting – just got lettuce, fall spinach and beets seeded in. I’m behind at work – at least it feels like it.

Maybe its the season, the knowing we have so few days to go before the kids are off to college, before the frost, before the holidays are with us again.

My seasonal clock is ticking away, and ticking me off.

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I took the “winter” off. In gardening lingo, that means I took part of November through December off from gardening, to focus on holiday celebrations and such. Actually I still “gardened” if you count finding gardening related gifts for friends and family.

Recently, the first 2010 gardening catalogs arrived. Fedco Seeds. Prairie Moon Nursery. Gardens Alive! Jung Seeds & Plants. All familiar friends. All have the same format, style (same plants) year after year.

Gardening catalogs are about continuity and discovery. Dreaming and reality. The yearning to be better, more productive, more elegant or fun or vibrant, all expressed through the plants I dream about, purchase and plant.

And then, in the sweaty, mosquito afternoons of August, pulling weeds and harvesting crisp veggies, the reality of gardening, the hard work, the back aches and finger cuts. Sun burned necks and dirty toe nails.

I love it all. Many have said this, that we gardeners are an optimistic bunch. It’s true. This life balance of reality and dreaming of the future. Nuture and nature.

I’m blessed with a passion for gardening.

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