Sunday, May 29, 2011

the lady's choice, the hissing of summer lawns

I'm girding my loins for lawn mowing season. I have yet to cut the decidedly scraggly-looking grass, despite the fact that some of the neighbours have cut theirs twice already this season.

I can't deal with the thought of being stalked by the lawnmower kids. It has been two years since I first wrote about their creepy and unnatural obsession, and you would think that by now I would have become accustomed to the unwanted attention. But no. In fact, the dread deepens with each passing year.

Perhaps this will finally be enough to spur me to rip up that Kentucky blue and replace it with carrots and potatoes. We all know the season around here is too short for tomatoes.

What would you do?
What's growing in your yard?


Allison said...

It's been so wet here, the parks guys who cut the lawn at the museum have to avoid a large space in the middle that's basically marsh. They've cut around it so it looks like a giant triangle. It looks amusing.

At home, I'm trying not to kill my calla lilies.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I imagine it to look vaguely Chariot of the Gods-like, Al. Pilots flying overhead, marveling at it and such.
Speedy recovery to you lilies.

Anonymous said...

seriously it's the end of may and yoou haven't cut yet? I imagine I've had to cut the grass 10 times so far....stupid fertilizer and rain. The lawn continues to shrink every year, more planting beds with various plants and shrubs. A gargae and the city put a sidewalk in front on our side of the street. What use to be over an hour of work can be done in 15 minutes with a reel mower if I don't let it get too long. My favourite plants are the hostas and ferns and the Japanese maples. We also have about a dozen rhodos and a few hydrangeas

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your yard sounds glorious, Kelly! Mine used to be quite nice, but I got too lazy to maintain it. Going for the au natural look with the surviving perennials.

Anonymous said...

I recall some of your mowing tales. I'm smiling

Forget the garden, it has a whole set of problems equally troublesome.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are absolutely right, Leazwell, especially since I have come to the realization that I am a lazy gardener. Maybe I should just deck the whole yard.

umbrellalady said...

Broccoli might work well with your cool

Seriously though - rhubarb takes up tons of space and has wonderful leaves and a bonus of being able to make muffins and wine from it...translating into less grass to cut and less time doing it.

Dale said...

I used to have a couple of lawnmower kids too but I dispensed with them! Okay, they moved and I had nothing to do with it. They didn't have a trampoline but the boy used to jump up and down whenever I was in the backyard doing anything shouting 'hey mister, hey mister, hey mister'.

Call me when the veg is ready to cultivate and I'll help but avoid eye contact or jumping.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Broccoli is tempting, Kathy! Big broccoli fans around here.
You are right about rhubarb being a large impressive looking plant, and it's the one thing we can grow successfully in our yard. I have a devil of a time using all the fruit, with only one plant though.

Why do kids gotta be so creepy, Dale? Your jumpin 'n hollerin kid makes my silent stalkers look preferable, I have to admit.