That is how I see one of my other hobbies, gardening. I couldn’t help but think of that when working on the theme for this week’s #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge: “Labor“.
The full quote is: “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey
Except sometimes they don’t thrive. There are days when gardening frustrates me more than gives me enjoyment. It can be hard work, for very little return on the effort. (If gardening is not your thing, don’t worry, I included some dog photos in this post too!). I complicate things for myself by gardening organically, which is even more challenging. When insects started wiping out my kale plants this year, I couldn’t just dump chemicals on them to kill them. I lost it all.
It’s not only insects that present challenges to gardening. It is the weather, and wildlife as well. This year’s bean plants weren’t doing nearly as well as they have in previous years (though we were harvesting some). I’m pretty sure it was because the weather was cool this summer. When we got our hot spell recently, the plants started to thrive and had tons of blossoms on them! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one that was excited about that fact. The deer had stayed out of my vegetable garden almost all summer (we have a fence but it’s not high enough to keep them out completely), until recently, when this happened:
Here is a photo from last summer which shows what the green bean plants should look like.
Poor Luke. Green beans are one of his favorites. No wonder he barks at the deer. But they’ve been sneaking into the garden in the middle of the night when no one can see them. Oh well, at least I have my sunflowers, and the carrot crop did especially well this year too.
Speaking of labor of love vs exercise in futility, these photos are all taken (with the exception of last year’s) with my new Nikon D5500 DSLR with 18-140mm lens. It’s still a work in progress, I have a lot to learn about the camera yet. But I’m pretty happy with some of the shots I’ve been getting with it. Here’s another of my favorites of the sunflowers:
Last but not least, the promised dog photo. Yes, that is our arthritic and injured beagle barking at me to throw her ball while I work in the garden (I planted some fall radishes for Luke and me)!
Thank you to the The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting the#52Snapshots of Life photo challenge. Are you joining in the fun? Photos can be shared via blog or social media, just use the hashtags #52Snapshots and#PBSG. You can see other entries in the challenge through the links below.