Worth a standing ovation.
Of course, the accompanying wind and hail we could’ve done without. But our little plot of land in Geneva actually escaped serious damage — only the bloom-heavy lilacs look a little worse for wear.
Our thirsty charges took advantage of the plentiful water, growing noticeably overnight. Peas — snow peas, snap peas, shelling peas, marrowfat peas — are all twining up their supports, and I’m already training grape vines laden with nascent fruit. Even the peaches, sour cherries and garlic necks are visibly swelling.
Photosynthesis is so simple, yet so amazing: Sun + water = life.
It’s no surprise that “garden cams” intrigue us. According to the advertisements, these small cameras record time lapsed photos that can be viewed later as videos so you can “watch your garden grow.”
But at this time of year, there’s little need for technological assistance. Our eyes are all that are required to see the changes. Long daylight hours, rising temperatures, a little water and ta-da!
It all has so little to do with us.
But essentially all we do is tend. Nurture. Care. Cultivate. We don’t control the action. Mostly, we just set the stage.
The plants are the stars, acting out the story.
Sometimes it’s an interactive tale, and we get to step into the limelight for a moment or two — to combat insects or disease.
But ultimately, we’re the audience, applauding when each player shines.
Or, the much needed rain starts to fall.