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Jet Lag

I arrived home from Paris last evening and the first thing I did was walk around the garden. Being gone for ten days in the growing season is double-edged hoe, so to speak. A garden changes daily, but when I am there to observe those changes they don’t seem very drastic or dramatic.

If I  leave a garden at the end of June and return in mid-July, however, I clearly see how things have progressed while I’ve been gone. The foxgloves are brown stalks bowed over by the weight of their seedpods. Daisies, hard buds on one foot stalks when I left, have doubled their height and are in full bloom. In just 12 days the garden has changed considerably and I see it with fresh eyes.

In addition to new flowers and taller plants, there are also larger weeds. Many of them. I’m unable to resist pulling some as I wander, even though I am jet lagged and my body is telling me that it is 1 AM in Paris, so it really is time for bed. Eventually I give in and go to sleep.

My internal clock wakes me at 3:30 AM (9:30 Paris time) and although I determinedly try to fall back asleep, my body is just as resolutely awake. I swing my legs out of the bed, and prepare to start the day.

What a gift that proved to be. By 4:45 I was in my garden, pulling weeds and deadheading perennials. It was so early that the sun and the mosquitoes were not yet out; no sunscreen or bug repellant was needed. It was too soon for morning traffic, so all I heard was the birds and wind in the trees.

“I should get up at 4 AM more often, and come out to the garden,” I think, knowing immediately that I won’t ever do this. I am not an early riser.

Traveling isn’t just broadening when we are away from home, but shakes things up on our return as well. 


It's almost too early to take photographs, but I snap away nonetheless, trying to capture the magic.

It's almost too early to take photographs, but I snap away nonetheless, trying to capture the magic.

2 Responses to “Jet Lag”

  1. 1
    John at JWLW:

    Hi CL: Sounds and looks like you had a great vacation and the return turned out to be a new and wonderful experience. Yes gardens have a habit of doing their own thing while you are away, lots of surprises when you return. Although from the photo things look pretty good. Sometimes we spend a week or so in Brewster usually arround middle of August and when we return to NH. we find lots of interesting things have taken place.

    Have a Great Evening,

    John and Liza “Liza and John’s Garden”

  2. 2
    CL Fornari:

    Well, if you come to Brewster this year, and you want to come visit Poison Ivy Acres while you’re here, let me know. You’ and Liza would be welcome.