A dramatic high point of the traditional Passover Seder is the recitation of the 10 plagues visited upon Egypt. On this last night of Passover, it occurs to me that there were at least 3 plagues visited upon our garden this week. And while they all were a lot milder than the ones cited in the Book of Exodus (no water into blood, for example), they did make our garden less of a tranquil refuge.
The first garden plague: SNOW. Yes, we woke up yesterday morning to find a couple of inches of the white stuff on the ground. It all melted by this afternoon, but tonight another 3″ are predicted. While we’ve had several nights with temperatures in the upper 20s, tomorrow is supposed to stay above freezing, so at least that’s good.
The second plague: CONSTRUCTION. It was heralded by the festive pink and yellow flags that suddenly festooned our front garden one afternoon. This was not a happy sight, as we survived sewer repair trauma just last fall.
However, it seems that only one modest-size hole was to be dug in our flower beds. That second, larger hole is on the neighbor’s property, and others appeared up and down the street. So we may have dodged a bullet here, but I’m not going to launch any premature celebrations.
The third plague, as always, is: RABBITS. I was hoping they would leave our Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) alone this year. What was I thinking? Of course they launched their attack just as the first buds were about to bloom. In retaliation, I spread netting over the surviving plants. Not exactly ornamental, but I guess Bluebells covered with plastic netting are better than no Bluebells at all.
I also took preemptive action with chicken wire to protect the Lilies. Rabbits love Lilies. There are ‘Sunny Morning’ Martagon Lilies up in the Back Garden, and ‘Conca d’Or’ Oriental-Trumpet Hybrids in the front. Once the Lilies get taller than a standing rabbit the chicken wire can be removed.
So there you have it, our 3 Passover Garden Plagues. Please pass the gefilte fish, and don’t forget the horseradish.