Aug 3, 2008 | 6:49 AM PST
We really slept in late for us. After 6:00 a.m. I guess it was all that fresh air and semi-heavy labor. I finally got some things done in the yard. I finished cleaning up, edging, and deadheading until it was just too hot to do anything. I had read that one should shear coreopsis, but there were so many buds that I tried to only get the spent blossoms. What a chore. I did some of the lantana, too. They had produced seeds. Most of them were green, but a few had turned into the hematite-looking pearls. Perhaps they will reproduce? I would love that! My efforts probably won't last long, but it looks decent for now.
Later in the afternoon, we had rumbles of thunder. It rained a bit, stopped, and the sun came out. Luckily, another wave came through later, and ultimately we recieved 6/10ths. I had lugged some collected rainwater earlier, and now I'm glad that I won't have to do that again today. I never did get around to watering all the flower beds, so this rain is a big help.
I finally have some flowers on my field peas. I do hope that I'll get a mess or two out of them. I just planted them as a lark and hoped that Mother Nature would take care of them for me. She is doing a fine job!
Aug 2, 2008 | 10:00 AM PST
Just taking a quick cool-down break for a minute. Today I hit the yard early and started in on The Patio Garden in the front. The creeping jenny has crept again. There were lots of little fallen limbs and debris everywhere along with a million mimosa sprouts. The Easter lilies that have volunteered out there have just begun to bud. I do have one bloom open there. I went to dump my bucket load and wound myself around to The Butterfly Garden. Before I knew it, I was working in there. I got another bucket load, dumped it and found myself working in The Back Bed. By then the sweat was pouring. Hmmm. I seem to have abandoned The Patio Garden which is what needed the most work because that's the first thing people see when they come by. I did get the walkway swept, so it doesn't look too bad. My rudbekia and tansy are putting on their yellow show with dots of pink yarrow interspersed. At least everything hasn't died from neglect. I may make some forays back in The Patio Garden before the day is done, but they'll have to be quick. This heat is just sapping my usual energy, but I am loving the peace and the sounds of nature.
Happy August the Oncest! Where does the time go? Things went more smoothly yesterday. On the trip to therapy, we arrived at the end of the waiting line for construction, and it started moving right away. The same thing happened coming back. We didn't have to sit and count trucks or cars. The radiation machine was fixed, so we didn't have to wait around for therapy either. Son brought us a BBQ plate, so I didn't have to fix supper. It made for a much better day. I did get a picture of my arrowhead vine plant into the Houseplants section.
(I need to get the instructions from Bill again to post pictures on the blog. I don't seem to be able to do it. Edited to say that I have found my instructions. I'll be playing with this for a while till I can get the picture in. Eureka? Have I done it? Ok, ok, so that was a thumbnail. I think I've got it now. So there's a learning curve. I get that! I may be old, but am I sure? NOW--eureka!) I tucked the plant in a safe place on the porch, anticipating the big bad storm that was approaching. Guess how much rain we got? None! It was supposed to really be a gully washer, but it passed us by. At least it was raining in the river somewhere. I never thought I'd have to say TGIF again after I retired, but I am saying it now. I'm so glad that this will be our last trip for this week. I so want to go out and play in the yard this weekend. Of course, if it should happen to rain, I wouldn't mind that either.