Wednesday, August 8, 2012
So, August is zipping along. Lots of gardening. Lots of flying. Now that summer is here in full force, it’s so easy to forget those cold rainy days.
Veggies are growing well. I finally shovelled the last of the 5 yards of the miracle mulch and so the perennials have a nice soft blanket to retain moisture and keep the soil cool.
And yesterday, so lucky .. woke up to the sound of branches being buzzed and then ground up as a few neighbourhood trees were being trimmed. These included an oak tree.
Quickly grabbed my mug of Yorkshire Tea and dashed out the door … and politely asked the working crew if I may have the chips! Well, lucky me .. they said yes and I was ecstatic. These are things that only a fellow gardener can understand!
So at least 1 ½ yards were gently deposited on a tarp in the driveway and I spent a few happy hours shovelling up this lovely mulching material and spreading under our first Christmas tree … the 2 yards that I placed there yesterday has nearly disappeared.
And I noticed that this tree only has a very few cones on it this year .. this means that the tree is not under stress. Finally, I’m giving it the love and attention that it needs.
Once all this shovelling was done, I decided to clip some roses for drying. But first, I:
– Discovered that the branches of an old apple tree in the back were in my way, so went to find the clippers to trim away some of the ones that were at eye-height
– Then I thought it would be a good time to drag out the soaker hoses for the recently updated side yard .. this took a good chunk of time as I sorted through the two sizes of hoses and too late remembered that I couldn’t attach the 3/8 to the 5/8 .. so undid my work and started again
– Put aside a tarp to take to the front yard, to help when I weed that area
– Became enthralled with the sight of the bees buzzing around flowers, so took pictures
– Again, became enthralled with the skies up above and more time spent there
– Took a few minutes to search for berries
– Had a look at the various squash, basil and pea pods growing
– Then finally I walked to the rose-bush, clippers in hand (after searching for a basket to hold the flowers) and finished what I’d wanted to start over an hour ago, that is, clipping roses
Then, time to go to the front yard and begin pulling out some invasive perennials .. they’ve served the purpose of greening up the yard, but time to remove these, fluff up the soil and then go shopping for some ferns and things to complete the woodland look along the front of our first Christmas tree.
And now I must go outside and continue what I started yesterday.
I forgot to mention that my work was stopped by a thunder & lightning storm … heavy raindrops, thank you for watering my garden!