Thursday, August 2, 2012
Basking in the warmth of the sun, I find myself out in the garden again. Only this time, for the past few days, I’ve been busy, busy, busy.
Pruning the buddleia’s that have been taking over the sidegarden.
Pulling out the annuals that reseed themselves year after year, claiming nearly every inch of the garden beds.
Clipping, bagging and transporting the superfluous garden branches etc.
Joy at finding garlic bulbs that were growing, hidden away among the plants. These I will dry and replant in the fall.
Taking lots of time to just look up at the sky. Feeling much happiness at the ever-changing vistas .. cheering me up constantly.
Listening to the tiny chirps of the chickadees, nuthatches and bushtits as they cavort around the yard.
Cavort .. not a word I would usually associate with these tiny birds, but they do seem to be to be such little sprites of cheerfulness. They really brighten up my world and I am so glad they visit.
The bushtits seem like little whorls of energy, filling the trees with their twittering sounds as they gather together on the branches before flitting away to visit another yard.
And the chickadees .. the yard will be quiet, until, suddenly, I hear the little nasal chirps .. seeming to say “I’m here .. I’m here”. They are so sweet. And smart. When the bird feeder is empty, they will tap their tiny beaks against the sides of the feeder as if to say .. “hey up .. this needs refilling”!
I’ve been noticing the variety of leaf shapes in the garden also. Tomorrow I’ll post the pics I took yesterday. There are reasons why nature has chosen the shapes she has for the many food plants. I don’t know the why’s and wherefores, but, perhaps, something else to study up on.
Yesterday, being so hot .. I spread out some containers of dried seaweed … to dry them out further so I could crumble them up and thus take up less space in the downstairs area.
Then, finally, time for the 5 yards of Miracle Mulch to arrive … and so for a few hours last night, I spent the time filling up wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow .. taking each load to the side yard, to topdress the bare garden soil. This lovely mixture can also be used in the veggie garden .. which is lovely. I know that the 5 years will quickly disappear ….as I carefully spread it around on all of the sidegardens. Lovely to look at and perfect for retaining the moisture in the soil. And .. no tree bark .. just fine branches, leaves and twigs.
So .. that will be my day today .. all day . .shovelling and moving the mulch.
Time to get started, methinks!