Oh my dahlias! Things that go wrong.

My first year of garden growing has not been without some mini disasters. Abandoning my tomatoes for 3 weeks during the only dry period this summer was a worrying experience, and confirming for the final time that I could never keep chickens: the dependent tomatoes were enough for me! I returned from my 18 days in Devon to sprawley and twig-like tomato plants, yet fruit still miraculously ripening!

My sweetcorn looked pretty pathetic to any vaguely green eyes, although I now put this down to being late developers, not being the year for either sweetcorn or pollinating bees.  We ate a whole three cobs in the end, one of which had been part-eaten by a cheeky squirrel or bird! The jury is still out as to whether I bother with them again next year.

My dahlia were abandoned basically on purpose in their early days as there was no weed-free places to put them (and as you can see from the picture below the flowerbed still isn’t exactly ‘clear’). Eventually I did plant a few into a cleared space and wonderfully they have lived! The happiest dahlias I have ever seen waving at me in my kitchen!

My strawberries really were a disaster this year, only one existed when the plants were given to me and it was eaten after one day (I suspect the squirrel) I am just hoping a couple of the plants survive into next summer and I’ll try netting next time.

And finally, the basil of saucepan fame. Before going to Devon I thought it would be a great idea to put the basil outside, as not being watered for 3 weeks would surely kill it off. August was rainy however, even in the driest part of the country, and so the basil got flooded instead and died anyway. I already have the seeds ready to start again in the spring!

I have come to the conclusion that things going wrong is not the end of the world. And it has reminded me of

  • God working wonderfully despite our mistakes and disasters,
  • and also the joy and hope that comes from knowing that we are saved from our disasters only by Jesus and never by our own work.
  • How marvellous.