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Quick Hitches and Disappearing Watermelon Patch

| 8/31/2011 9:42:28 PM

A photo of MaryThe weather here has been hot, hot and humid. We’ve had 6 months of summer this year, no spring. Rain comes in spurts of 3 or 4 inches in hours which don’t stay around to soak in and takes off with the mulch cover.

Since I’ve been digging, dividing and moving plants around I’ve ignored my other flower beds and the grass and weeds have taken over to the point I’m embarrassed for anyone to see my garden.

sunrise aug 16  

On the flip side our sunrises and sunsets and full moons have been spectacular. Thursday night one of my co-workers left me a message on Facebook that I needed to take a picture of the beautiful moon we had that night. I came out my front door and tried to walk down the sidewalk to the driveway. Between the weeds and the volunteer Profusion zinnias which seem to be hugging the edge of the walk instead of in the flower bed, I needed a machete to hack my way through. It was that bad. As I propped my camera up on top of the compost bin, I heard a low growl coming from under a Japanese maple at the corner of the house. Levi of all hooligans was growling at me, but he was too lazy to get up and check out the intruder. Bravery at a safe distance is his forte.

sunrise 08 18  

Saturday the mess to the front door had to be tackled. I parked the tractor near by and worked all day on the beds taking several breaks to get water and cool off. As I would haul a load down to the compost pile, I would take the long way around to and from the pile and my bagged pine bark and mow grass along the way. After about five trips I had the lower forty mowed. I put newspaper down around a new red Pygmy dogwood on the other side of the steps and mulched until I ran out of bags. Saturday I’ll pick up a truck load and finish. A couple of days later while watering my dogwood, I noticed some of newspapers were pulled out from under the mulch. I wondered …… the hooligans had struck again (at this point I was going to show the mess they had made, but I decided to put in another hummingbird picture at the end). They've been so busy chasing field mice in the garden around the greenhouse, I'm having trouble getting them to come and eat. I need to go and find out how many daylilies I have left or if I still have the siding on the greenhouse.

Mary Carton
9/5/2011 7:53:48 PM

Thanks Dave, it's been hard getting pictures of the hummers as they blend in with the wisteria vine around one of the feeders. The camera tries to focus on the vines instead and I have to discard 95% of the photos or more. The one off of the screen porch it tries to focus on the trees along the dry creek. It's been several weeks since we got rain and it finally started Sunday around lunch. As of 5:30 Monday afternoon, I have 6.92 inches in my rain gauge. It's supposed to continue raining until Wed or Thurs, so I'm glad I got a lot mulched Saturday. I still have a a lot of plants to get in the ground and a lot of weeding and mulching to do to before I can have my knee surgery. I probably have around 200 pots of iris and daylilies to get in the ground. Now I won't be able to get in the garden for a while to plant them. Will work on putting up hackberry, privet & redbuds out of some of the established beds. Thanks for reading & commenting.

Nebraska Dave
9/3/2011 8:12:19 PM

Hey Mary, I had my day with the weeds and the overgrown yard as well. It took a couple days to wrangle it back under submission. As I gaze across the backyard it appears that the rains we have been getting has caused it to sprout again. This time before it gets too far out of hand I'll whack down the weeds and cut the grass before it becomes a hay field. It's been quite a summer for sure. I have one more big project to complete before the snow flies. I enjoyed all your humming bird pictures. Have a great day on the hooligan farm.

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