Friday, August 24, 2012
What a week this has been. I’m almost embarrassed to recount that I found yet another perennial plant sale. This one was at the local Sears mall, at Cannor Nursery.
I’d started my Thursday debating as to whether I should just go straight outside .. or dilly dally and go out into the world. The local Toyota dealership had a special test drive day .. complete with sandwiches, deserts etc.
So I decided to go there first thing .. to enter my name in a draw for one of several prizes. Walked around with a young sales guy and looked at a few trucks .. dreamed of how lovely it would be to have a nearly full sized truck, one I could use to load up on garden materials.
Years ago I did have a few trucks, they were quite handy .. and I seem to remember that I was quite often helping people out with moving, loading up on gardening materials etc.
After a nice chat I made my way to Sears .. for a little walk-around. Big changes happening to that mall … and I looked at the huge buildings that were going to be installed there. My main interest, though, was in the native plant garden plantings … too soon to see now …. later on I will take photos .. but not expecting it to be in place till next summer. Lots of work to take place before that.
I just about made it to my car when I noticed the Sale sign at the garden center. I’m weak, I know. And soon my car was filled with even more lovely plants. Included were some Rock Rose plants .. which grow to 3 – 4 ft in height and 6 to 8 ft in width! And they don’t like to be transplanted, so I made sure that I placed them a decent space apart. I plan to make cuttings for propagating in a week or so.
I love plant sales.
Then, back at home .. hard at work to mix soil & miracle mulch, plan where to install the plants and many happy hours situating my new perennials into just the right place.
And finally, this morning .. the moment I was waiting for .. the EM moment! I mixed up over 5 litres of EM, into many large containers and then this mix into the watering cans. Started at the front yard, then to the various front and side gardens. This took hours, no kidding!
Then, on my energy roll, I finally tidied up the yard. Sorted hundreds of plant pots into their various sizes. Shovelled up the remaining Miracle Mulch into containers, this will go in the very back border next week.
Took down my work tables, neatly tucked away. A final deep watering of all of the gardens. A final watering of EM for the veggies & the basil.
And .. sigh of relief .. yard looks nice and tidy. Room to breathe. There are still veggies to gather. Tomatoes to ripen. Pumpkins to develop.
Special moment .. when a flock of Canada Geese flew overhead. We are on the flight path to the local Nature Sanctuary .. so we see them quite often. Lucky, I know. I think that the Geese flying overhead are the very goslings that I saw in the spring. Their Moms have taught them well, how to fare in the world. Now .. is the time for them to fly. They have earned my respect and I wish them well on their journey.
Well .. August is nearing the end. And we are so lucky to have sunshine. Even some cool weather would be welcome, for the sake of the plants and the grass. And me! 🙂