Both my garden and my garden blog have been suffering from benign neglect for the last several weeks. My garden hasn’t had much attention since late July/early August, and my garden blog has been ignored for much longer.
Today I began to correct that. I spent my lunch hour weeding my overgrown vegetable garden (that’s one of the many benefits of working from home) and found two treasures hidden in the weeds, veggies, and herbs: two watermelons.
I discovered the first watermelon hidden among a basil plant, overgrown cherry tomatoes, and weeds:
I discovered the second watermelon in the neighboring bed, hidden among the world’s happiest sage plant (now severely pruned but still mammoth) and weeds:
What a surprise to find these gems and what a lovely reward for spending my lunch hour cleaning up my vegetable beds.
I bought these ‘crimson sweet’ watermelon seedlings on a whim, expecting little because I have terrible luck with melons, planted and forgot them. They’re nowhere near the 20-pound fruits the tag promises, but I’m going to give them more time, and from now on, more attention.