Sunday, May 29, 2011

Little Visible Progress

 Another day of planting the pass-alongs but now I'm almost done.  All that's left are 100 pachysandras or so and I'd have kept at it until I was done except that the the edge of the woods is buggy as all get out this time of day.  I was attacked by mosquitoes and deer ticks and thorny branches and threw the gloves in.

This is a photo of the only May Apple that understands it's an upright plant.

The rest are confused and behaving like fuchsias.

I think I need to trim the day lilies to an inch or two as its leaves are also languid and pathetic looking.

I was set to plant my four dogwood trees, but again, the critters at the edge of the woods are sitting there waiting with fork and knife in hand.

I found three drowned salamanders in my pond and need to get a stick in it to give them a way to crawl out.  The dragon fly nymphs will need this as well.

I found a toad and thought it was a frog.  When I put it in the pond, I quickly learned that toads can't swim worth a crap.  I rescued it and returned it to Mosquitoville.

I have four saucers filled with sprouted sunflowers seeds but can't muster up what's necessary to go plant those 300 seeds.

I look around me and wish I had bought a double-wide mobile home with a whiskey barrel for a garden.

This all seemed like a good idea last year.

Not so sure anymore.

But as Laurrie says, you just gotta hang in there.

On a more positive note, the Japanese Maple that I decapitated two weeks ago is showing signs of new growth.  If you remember, the thing was half dead and I didn't know what to do about it.  I pruned every single branch that didn't pass the "scratch my bark to see if I'm green" test and ended up with a pretty lopsided tree.  I think it will be fine, and if you look at it from a certain angle and don't shift your eyes one bit, you can't tell this thing has been to hell and back.

Tomorrow will be more of the same although I will get all these seeds planted, my Pieris Japonica into the ground, dead head my containers, and plant those six shrubs sitting out there into the Japanese Garden.

Frank goes on travel for at least a week next Tuesday, which will give me time to figure out what to do with all these rocks we have out here.

I'm thinking a dry river bed in the Japanese Garden (I'm always thinking of cool stuff that requires Frank's muscle power) and I have a pretty good idea of where I want it and how I want it to curve, but I don't know if it's practical to do now that so many plants are in.

If not a dry river bed, then something.  These rocks are too gorgeous to not use.

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