Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Oh, I was such a little window fighter yesterday! All gung-ho to plant and not procrastinate. However, life doesn’t always go the way you plan it!
Started out with:
– mug of Yorkshire tea – check
– Sudoku & pencil – check
– hose connected and water on – check
– iPod music playing – check
– several tomes of gardening books to check on plant size – check
– camera ready for taking photos of birds/trees .. whatever – check
– beautiful skies above – check … and here is where I met my downfall and paired up yet again with my ole pal, Procrastination.
Looked up and saw the most beautiful blue skies dotted with puffy clouds and decided to walk around and take some aerial photos.
Somehow ended up by the gigantic yellow globe Buddleia at the side yard. Hmmm .. this plant has morphed into a giant .. some branches would do best to be trimmed. So I fetched my clippers and started making a few trims of outstretched growth.
And, a few hours later, I’d pruned the plant down to just one main stem. Discovered that the rapid growth was gently squeezing the life out of my cedar trees, planted a few years ago. I say “gently” because the cedars were still bright green, but they were sort of pushed in at the sides.
I trimmed quite a few branches for propagating … oh, just stop me now! Then I decided to make a mulch out of the balance, so a few hours of trimming the supple branches and leaves .. they might as well be added to the compost, to add to the garden later.
Then I started looking at the Crocosmia plants. Several people had given me the corms over the years and I’d just planted them here and there in the yard. Well, I’m not spreading rumours, but, since I’ve added EM to the soil, I’ve noticed that plants have started exploding in growth. Seriously, I’m not kidding.
Where there were only a few raspberry canes, a few Crocosmia plants last year .. and that was fine .. this year they are bursting out of the ground. I pulled hundreds of Crocosmia plants out of the ground and the same story with the raspberry canes. I’ve grown these raspberry plants for years and never, ever, have they grown so abundantly.
And then I noticed the lily plant .. now this one I don’t remember planting, but it appeared last year .. very demure and sweet, about 2 feet tall. Last night, I looked “up” at this same plant, it’s over 6 feet tall!
I noticed my Mock Orange plant is growing, but all twisty and turny .. so time to move it to a place where it can grow up a bit straighter, with more room.
Where the cedars have been given space to grow, these are lush and taller .. and some of the smaller ones need to be dug up and moved over a bit.
I ripped out all the hundreds of annual flowers, the flowers have bloomed already, but these are taking up too much room. Darn that EM anyway, ha ha ha.
So, procrastination won out in the end. I admit defeat yesterday. But, on the bright side, I tackled a chore that wasn’t even on my list (that is, if I had a list, ha ha ha ). And I made changes that I wasn’t aware needed to be done. That is .. clearing away space so my cedars can grow.
That side of the yard feels much more spacious now .. it’s a good feeling.
I was going to post photos, but decided that I’ll show those pics tomorrow.
For today, I just want to share some of the sky pictures that caught my attention in the first place .. and the reason why I succumbed to procrastination.