Know that no matter what your gardening friend does, you will never be a staker. If you try it yet again, you will instead have tomatoes which wander all over the ground. Admit your bad staking habits and, next year, buy more of the pretty green cages so that you can tuck the tomatoes in here and there as though putting them down for a nap.
This also goes for green beans. You are a bush bean person, not a pole bean person, which fits not only your gardening personality, but also your body type.
Know that you’re going to buy yet another rose bush. It’s apparently an addiction, and you can’t help yourself. So, do some research before the new ones are introduced and try to only buy those which don’t need spraying, or much food for that matter. Although shrub roses won’t win any prizes for best blooms in a rose show, they are dependable and pretty outdoors. Shrub roses are your friends.
Remember that your idea of weed control is limited to mulch and hand pulling. No sprays to speak of (even the natural ones), so remember to lay lots of mulch in the bed next to the street because something will prevent you from weeding enough. Right now, that bed is growing more weeds than plants.
Know that you’re going to covet every plant your blogging friends have so be prepared before you head over to Digging. That’s how you ended up lugging home an Agave americana for your birthday. Watch out for Fairegarden (Hamamelis x intermdia ‘Diane’ doesn’t live here yet, but it’s only a matter of time); Clay and Limestone (land of natives extraordinaire); Idaho Gardener (her CSA and burgandy glads); May Dreams Garden (vegetables like shelling peas which don’t do well here); Gardening While Intoxicated (bulbs for forcing); Mr. McGregor’s Daughter (pretty much everything that grows in shade); Cold Climate Gardening (anyone for colchicums?), From My Corner of Katy (for all those sun loving plants which do grow here), or anyone else who gardens within a zone or two of you. Brace yourself. Envy isn’t pretty, and although HH is a generous soul, he is a man, and he wants some lawn.
Know that once school starts, there’s about a month where one child or another is home everyday sick. So far, this year has been exceptional for sickness. We’ve had Flu Type B, and now at least one of the family, ASW (my son), has Type A. That’s right, it’s probably H1N1. You will not get any gardening done while you’re taking little folks back and forth to the doctor and doling out medicine left and right. It’s what a mother does. Sometimes, the mother also gets sick, and then she does not write. (I know, I’ve been MIA, but I’ve read a lot of good books.)
Know that you’ll buy too many bulbs, and when the boxes arrive, you’ll wonder where to put them and why you bought so many.
Know that next spring, you probably won’t care about any of the above and will happily start all over again. There’s a reason they call it spring fever.