Posts Tagged ‘pruning hydrangeas’

Friday, 9 February 2018

At home: My green hellebore, a gift last year from Our Kathleen.

and Clematis ‘Freckles’

The Depot Restaurant

We started with the spring clean up at the Depot in Seaview, mainly the cutting of the ornamental grasses on the south and east side of the dining deck.

south side, before (Allan’s photos)

and after



after; Allan is putting back the sprinkler line, which he pulled out to protect it from getting snipped.

The perennial and annuals border to be, on the north side of the deck

Allan chopped the one big grass at the house next door (Depot office space):

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

next door to the Depot (Allan’s photos)

We took our load of debris, including some branch-y clippings from coppicing shrubs at home, to the dump.  Because the usual clean green debris area was so muddy, we were instructed to put the compostables into a big dumpster.  It was a scary drop in my mind so I stayed well back from the edge.

way down far

Allan is brave.

In the evening, I finished a book.

Guess which orange one I love, and which one I loathe.

Long Beach

We returned to Fifth Street Park to do the two east side quadrants.

This narrow bed to the northeast desperately needs mulch.

One of these days, I will find Parks Manager Mike working in town and ask for a load to be placed for us at City Works.  I am glad he did not get any late last fall because I was all tired out and glad to go on staycation without mulching.

Rudbeckia blooming in February

While Allan pruned the big hydrangea in the SE corner, I checked on a few of the nearby trees and planters, cutting back old Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and pulling little weeds.

tree in front of Abbracci Coffee Bar

We did not have time for a coffee break.  We did get some banana bread slices to go for our post-work tea time.

primroses under a street tree by Malai Thai restaurant

Geum unseasonably blooming in February

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ blooming three months early (or four months late)

hydrangea before

and after (Allan’s photos)

I hope we did not sacrifice flowers by pruning so low.  But if the flowers are up higher, they are hidden by tree branches and interfere with the light on the pole.

Allan found a painted rock representing a fried egg, quite appropriate for the park next to Benson’s Restaurant, a breakfast establishment.

I was able to erase Fifth Street Park and Depot from the work board clean up list…and remembered to add Third Street park.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Long Beach

We started with the spring clean up of Long Beach City Hall; Saturday, when it is closed, is a good day for that because parking is easy.

Peggy’s Park, east side of city hall, before

Peggy’s Park was planted by Gene and Peggy Miles and is kept up by us in her memory.


Allan did the clean up on the west side.

City Hall, west side, before

narcissi and rosemary and rue

after (Allan’s photos)

With the city hall garden done, we dumped a load of debris at City Works and then went to Third Street.  Allan battled the roses on the south side of the police station:

before: Rosa rugosa ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’


welding gloves




And he cut back the Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden.


memorial wreaths

making a mess

cleaned up

Meanwhile, I weeded and pruned hydrangeas in the little park by Lewis and Clark Square.

I am excited to tell you that the sign in the window says “Coming Soon: Taqueria el Jalepenos”!



I also pruned the hydrangeas in the southwest quadrant of Third Street park….



…and tidied up another block’s worth of planters.

more blooming Geranium ‘Rozanne’

and knautia blooming with the crocuses

That knautia was the variegated ‘Thunder and Lightning’ which unfortunately reverts to green leaves by the second year.

historic photos in the window of a business for sale (the building on the southwest corner of Bolstad and Pacific)

I hope passersby are appreciating the snowdrops in the planters.

We had another load of debris to dump.

evening sun in the city works yard

We drove out to the end of the Bolstad approach to view the sunset.

I was able to erase Vet Field, Third Street, and police station roses.

But then I remembered to add the parking lot berms.

For the bookish:  I’ve added 1985 in books, here.  I’m not sure if email subscribers will get a notice of these posts that I am publish retroactively, because I want to keep them all tidily together.



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Thursday, 23 February 2017

I had complete faith, when I saw the fairly decent weather, that we could complete three more spring clean ups today.

The Red Barn

Red Barn


our good friend Rosie (Allan’s photo)



at The Red Barn Arena


the farrier and our client, Diane


Rosie loves eating hoof trimmings


Farrier’s truck (Allan’s photo)

We care for five containers and a narrow garden bed at the barn.


Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ had not made it well through winter.


removal project; now the narcissi will show up.


sad Erysimum

We unhooked the trailer in order to go next door to Diane’s garden; her driveway was too full to turn around with our full rig.


Ice on water nearby shows how cold the air still felt.

Diane’s garden

At the barn, we had learned from Diane that the new septic still has not been installed.  That means that re-doing her roadside garden won’t happen till perhaps the end of March.


Stipa gigantea, driveway entry (Allan’s photos)



The trees have been cut down along the roadside garden and the stumps will be removed.  The county mowing truck mowed down the heathers and rosemary, the only plants we left behind when we dismantled the garden last fall….probably because it no longer looked like a garden (and it is part of the roadside verge).


hydrangea, before pruning



Diane reminded me that I had spoken of pruning her old blueberries.  We removed 1/3 of the old growth, hoping to encourage better berrying.





Allan had a long walk, twice, back to the debris pile at the barn.



My dear friend Mistie, aged 10, who is doing much better than she was last fall, got a good belly rub and hugging.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We made our second spring clean up trip to KBC to cut back the ferns.


Denny, Mary, and Bella


darling Bella


view in fenced garden, east gate


crocuses and Iris reticulata




and more crocuses



clean up of the driveway garden, before




and after talking to Mary about how she wants room to plant some dwarf conifers here.


east end of pond island bed, before and after trimming ferns


the pond, before


Allan’s brave crossing


before (Allan’s photo)





after (Allan’s photo)


The pond island has many ferns, most of them awkward to reach.






by cottage eight, before and after (Allan’s photos)


near cottage one (Allan’s photos).  Those ferns probably got missed in last year’s pruning.


Allan rescued St. Francis.


the dog memorial garden for Misty, Debbie, and Raven


the first narcissi in the A Frame garden


Allan noticed them, too.








hamamelis (witch hazel) and the cottages on the ridge

I never did get to KBC over the winter to read more cottage journals.  I got too entrenched in my reading chair at home.  Maybe next winter.


by the clam cleaning shed


the last fern of the day

The temperature had dropped drastically.  We were glad to be done.


The crocuses had closed up.  (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

a dreamy garden

In the van, just before leaving, I checked my messages and saw that Our Kathleen had sent me a real estate link.  Although we are not house hunting, she knows we like to see interesting properties.

Here is the link.

“This is so much more than 4 vacant land parcels. Enter the gates and you enter a private garden like no other. 100s of plants in containers, a grove of bamboo, mature trees and beautiful one-off gazebos and garden features. All of this is anchored by a grand pavilion made from steel and found materials in the grand style of The Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee. The site features a private well, 2 RV cleanouts, 100amp power, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and 40′ steel storage container.”

I swiped these three photos, because I suppose at some time the real estate listing will go away.


amazing pavilion


a party from the past


a paradise!

I had to see, so we drove about fifty blocks north, only to find another aspect of the property’s perfection:


It has two big gated driveways and you cannot see in, at all—complete privacy.


The other gate

Allan stood on a bucket and said no one was there. He took some photos over the gate…because I was desperate to see inside and I was too sore from work to stand on a bucket.




It is glorious.




Even though there is no house in there, the description included a sleeping area, kitchen, and bathroom.  Oh, if I were even five years younger…I feel too old to uproot my Ilwaco garden.

While fantasizing about living in the 40 foot storage container, I had to firmly remind myself of the advantages of living near a bookstore, post office, library, hospital, and Salt Pub.  And yet…this one will haunt me for awhile.  It had 4000 more square feet than our property does.  I did some online snooping and found the owners are just a bit more than a decade older than us.  That increased my feeling of being too old to move.

Maybe you can buy it and invite us over.

Salt Pub

Tonight, Our Kathleen was in town for our weekly North Beach Garden Gang meeting.  Sadly, Dave and Melissa were unable to attend.


the view


Our Kathleen (Allan’s photo)


pub burger




smoked tuna melt


vanilla creme brulee

We stayed till after closing time, as I figured we would, and that is why I skipped a blogging day.  I was so tired that I forgot to erase three more jobs from the workboard until the following morning.


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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Long Beach

I had big plans to get four things crossed off the work list.  We started with the tree that has pesky rugosa roses and with the planter nearest to it.


planter yesterday

After cutting out the poky thing by the bench, I felt inspired to remove as much hesperantha and tired old ornamental grass as possible.


Allan helping with the biggest grass





Meanwhile, Allan went after the annoying patch of volunteer rugosa roses, roots and all.  (Because they are pesky and the roots run like fury, we will have to watch for returning sprouts.)




a thuggish rose



Next, we wanted to polish off the first spring clean up of Fifth Street Park.

Allan started with the hydrangea in the southeast corner.




Allan’s photos: before



I wanted the right hand one a little more upright.  Easy to fix later.

It was a busy day because of a three day weekend.


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

My first project was the patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) by the restroom.





By pulling a lot of the hesperantha, and getting its annoying self out of the other plants (like Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, which Allan clipped after the above photo), we will still have plenty for next fall while having a tidier garden bed now.

I did the same to the nearby street tree garden:





In a nearby planter, I found…


a tiny painted rock


and emerging tulip foliage.

The northwest quadrant of the park also got a hesperantha going-over.






Here’s what it looks like on a good summer day. (This was in 2014.)

Allan had joined me before I finished.  We’d got caught in a torrent of rain but had an escape at hand.



inside Captain Bob’s  Chowder


looking out: clean up abandoned for half an hour


delicious fish tacos (before applying a yummy creamy tequila sauce)

As the rain intensity decreased, my Dark Sky app was accurate about it stopping in 15 minutes.  The prediction of drizzle for the following hour was, happily, inaccurate.


By the end of the rain squall, I knew we would only get two out of four planned projects done today.  The temperature had dropped and a chilly wind kicked up.  We went to the two northernmost blocks and finished the planters and street trees.


crocuses and iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)


Iris reticulata ‘Clairette’


Iris reticulata




more crocuses

In the last planter of the day, we cut back the escallonia. Why a volunteer, back in the day, planted Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ in two of the planters is beyond me.  It would like to be at least 15 feet tall.  By chopping it hard now, I won’t have to be clipping it all summer long.


halfway done

and I did NOT see that piece of trash till I looked at this photo!  (Later: Allan says he saw it and disposed of it.)


done… The green santolina on each end also got clipped.

Before we dumped our full load of debris, I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop).  Almost a month ago I had taken some photos for its Facebook page.  Every time I chose photos to post, I could not bear to post one of a copper clad “stump” because I wanted it for myself.  It was a bit pricey and yet it had haunted me. Would it still be there a month later?


in mid January

Yes! Twice,  people had put holds on it and then not come back to pick it up.


It is mine now!  (It’s hollow copper clad aluminium, I’m told, so probably not for outdoors.)

Just after we dumped our debris, as Allan was locking the gate of the city works yard, the rain returned.  Perfect timing.


At home, I got to erase two items but not the pond and popouts.  Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not with wind and rain predicted.


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Monday, 8 February 2016

We accomplished a great deal today in the town of Long Beach with the help of Melissa and Dave of Sea Star Gardening.

Fifth Street Park


The four quadrants of Fifth Street Park


I helped Melissa weed while we figured out how to organize the job. (Allan’s photo)

We all plunged into different areas and finished the spring clean up of Fifth Street Park in weather that felt like summer.  (Pretty soon we were all complaining about being too hot as the temperature soared to 72 degrees.)  It’s rare for a day to be not too cold and wet, not too hot and dry, but just right.  This one did get to be just right in the hour before sunset.


Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)


Allan pruned these roses (old mildewy Dorothy Perkins)…before




Allan’s photos

Melissa continued the battle with wild alliums in the same quadrant.





In the southwest quadrant, I pruned the roses by the restroom entrance…


my project before (the far superior Super Dorothy Rose) but no after.

…and Melissa finished pruning and weeding along the south fence.


before, with Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ on the lattice

She pulled out a lot of schizostylis.  It will come back…which is a good thing and a bad thing.



I was so happy to have help from someone who knows her plants, because she recognized and did not destroy the camassia that was hidden amongst the schizostylis (and that I had forgotten about).

Dave delved into the rectangular rooty awful bed in the southeast quadrant.  I’ve discussed with parks manager Mike a complete re-do of this bed, but it won’t happen this year because the city crew is involved with a big new soccer field project.


before: rooty and with a sprinkler system in it


Dave raking out, after


Allan’s photo


editing Schizostylis (Allan’s photo)

I finished some planter tidying one block north where I got rained out last week, and then Allan and I pruned the hydrangea in the southeast corner of the park..


hydrangea before


and after

I uncovered the Gunnera by the pond and cut off its huge seedheads.


Threw these behind; they may reseed.

Allan had clipped and weeded under a tree I’d missed during last week’s rainstorm:


before and after (Allan’s photos): I think that tatty old lavender has to go next time.

Allan hauled a full trailer load to city works, and we all rendezvoused at the parks on Third Street.


dumping at city works (Allan’s photo)

 Third Street 


Third Street parks

Veterans Field, top right corner, has one more garden bed now than shows in this satellite view.  The Columbia Pacific Farmers Market takes place on that lawn on summer Fridays.

The Aloha Charlie’s Fish building now houses the delicious Kabob Cottage Restaurant.

Dave and Melissa did the pocket park by the Kabob Cottage, behind the curved wall of Lewis and Clark Square, weeding and then raking out old rhododendron leaves.  Allan pruned back the rugosa roses on the south wall of the police station so they’ll be easier to keep back from the sidewalk in summer.


Allan over halfway done with roses.


roses before and after (Allan’s photos)

After a quick clipping and weeding in the Veterans Field beds, I pruned the hydrangeas in the park north of Long Beach Tavern.


hydrangeas before



The hydrangea pruning was a rather hasty job as I was in a big rush to get the city hall garden done before dark, and I had a personal mission to accomplish as well.

I left Allan, Dave, and Melissa to their final sweeping up and went on by myself with my wheelie cart to do (I hoped) the last two blocks of planter clean up.


walking north


in a planter

And I fulfilled my mission of taking some photos for the Facebook page of…

NIVA green


outside NIVA green

Owner/artist Heather Ramsay has constructed a new collection of her repurposed lamps made of tins.



Ginger Snap tin lamp


After a quick spin around the shop with my camera, and I do mean quick, I had collected thirty or so more photos to keep the NIVA page updated.  I got all but the two northernmost planters clipped and weeded and was so sore by then that I skipped the last two for now and went to rejoin everyone at

City Hall


a hyacinth coming up at city hall (Allan’s photo)

I wasn’t there to take before photos of three large ornamental grasses that got clipped.


city hall west wall, after large Miscanthus were clipped


hellebore, north side



pulmonaria and leucojum, north side


and another north side Hellebore


The sun was setting to the west of City Hall.  To the left, the tasting room of Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm.


after work (Allan’s photo)

With city hall garden done, our friends departed for their home near Oysterville and Allan and I went to dump one more full load at city works.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

This year, I am sharing day by day entries that my mom wrote in three garden diaries about 20 years ago.  I will gather each month into one entry with more detail at the end of each month of this 2016 blog.

February 8, 1998 (age 73)

Skyler and Robert got here about 6:30.  They had quite a hassle at the gate.  Even though I called the gate ahead of time, I guess they didn’t keep the message, and because I didn’t hear the phone, the three armed security people wouldn’t let them in. They finally relented.  I guess Skyler lit into them. [Ha!  I certainly do recall firmly suggesting to the guards that if they would not let us through, they had better escort me to my mom’s house because her not answering the phone could mean she had a medical problem.  I think that is what convinced them.]



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Thursday, 17 October, 2013

I was ever so thrilled as we were driving up Sandridge Road in the fog, heading for the hydrangea job and thinking that the fog over the bay would be a great visual drama like yesterday!

11:14 AM: fog along Sandridge Road

11:14 AM: fog along Sandridge Road

But the sun beat us to the bay and the Willapa Hills were already making an appearance as we carried our tools around the house to the field.

11:29 AM

11:29 AM

11:29 AM

11:29 AM

Returning to the van for a forgotten water bottle, I looked for that Eucalyptus on the neighbouring property (the one with the very old farmhouse) and realized I can see it from the parking area near the stone wall. It is huge, towering far overhead.

the eucalyptus next door

the eucalyptus next door

With tools gathered, we headed to the guest house area of the hydrangea field to finish the pruning. I don’t think I had ever seen the lights on in the covered walkway between garage and guesthouse. But, oh, that ivy has got to go…What a heavy weight it adds to the feeling of the walkway.

bad ivy, beautiful lights

bad ivy, beautiful lights

I picture a combination of hellebores and maybe hardy fuchsias (for summer colour) where the sheet of ivy is now between main house and garage:


ivy bed must go!

Ivy removal is the only design change I would dream of making to the garden as it is now.

11:47 AM: view from the deck

11:47 AM: view from the deck with a mountain of clippings…one of four such piles.

Noon:  Sadly, Allan's iPhone camera did not get this little frog in focus as it appeared to watch the house from atop a pruned hydrangea.

Noon: Sadly, Allan’s iPhone camera did not get this little frog in focus as it appeared to watch the house from atop a pruned hydrangea.


Allan also found a garter snake sunning on the deck right next to his pile of tools!

12:33 PM:  view from below the guest house deck

12:33 PM: view from below the guest house deck

Baby Island appears but without the clear definition of yesterday.

12:33 PM Baby Island appears but without the clear definition of yesterday.

Just after 12:30, I felt I could not take the hot blazing sun anymore on the work area near the guest house.

64 degrees Farenheit!!

64 degrees Fahrenheit!!

I found four hydrangeas to prune in the shade, and then abandoned Allan an hour later, hoping that he could finish what looked like about five more from my vantage point (and rake up the debris), and I fled to the cool azalea patch on the west side of the house.

1:24 PM: azalea entry garden

1:24 PM: azalea entry garden

I had every intention of getting the azalea patch pruned immediately. However, one glance lured me in to the enclosed courtyard where, on the first day, Lisa had reminded me of a water feature that had become hidden.

1:31 PM and 2:44 PM

1:31 PM and 2:44 PM

I lightened up a leatherleaf viburnum behind the gate

I lightened up a leatherleaf viburnum behind the gate

before and after

There was a bad maple sprout coming from the trunk of the Japanese maple.

And salal was creeping under the fence and muddying the definition of the garden.

The little Japanese style cover protects the workings of the bamboo fountain and there is a tank underground to store the water that drips into the bowl. I look forward to seeing it in action.

water bowl and fountain

water bowl and fountain

Bill Clearman, who had originally designed this area, arrived when I was about to start pruning the golden weeping maple and I asked him how far back it was intended to go. I don’t think I would have had the gumption to take it as far back as I did without his input. Now the water bowl shows off better. Lisa herself arrived just as I was pouring water in the bowl; it had not shown at all before. She asked me out of curiosity how long the pruning had taken; I said half an hour. Time had moved quickly because iPhoto tells me it was a little over an hour instead!

I entered the kitchen to refill my water bottles and take some proffered chocolate treats. Bill came in his full regalia to show Lisa a design plan for the mailbox. Nothing could suit the builder of this Japanese house more…

Bill and Lisa

Bill and Lisa

I could see trouble from the kitchen window: Allan still had far too many hydrangeas to prune, and since some of them were now in shade, I returned to help him.

3:11 PM:  Oh NO, still to do!!

3:11 PM: Oh NO, still to do!!

I pruned them in a frenzy, finishing at 4:12, and had my sandwich as a reward. Earlier, Maddy had found Allan’s sandwich and consumed a third of it before I had heard Lisa shouting “No! No no no no NO!” (Lisa made Allan a very nice ham and cheese sandwich after that.) Maddy clearly was hoping for more from MY lunch…and I gave her a couple of small animal cookies because I do like her so very much.

4:15: Maddy, hoping

4:15: Maddy, hoping

view from below the guest house, 4:17 PM

view from below the guest house, 4:17 PM

And the hydrangeas are done! Allan did the last of the raking up and I returned to the azaleas. First, I had to walk around to enjoy the view of the south end of the field of 275 pruned hydrangeas.



Earlier this week, I got a message from Sydney Stevens, local historian, author and daily blogger at Oysterville Daybook:

“I was so glad to read that you are working on the hydrangea garden. Betty Schmidt was a good friend of my mother’s and we visited her many times during the construction *yay Bill Clearman!) of the house and later when all was said and done. She spent hours and hours among her beloved hydrangeas. Somehere I have one off her Christmas cards with the hydrangeas at their height. It warms my cockles to know that they are getting some TLC from you!”

At 4:30, I got started at last on the azalea patch and was joined shortly before 5:00 by Allan. I’ll regale you with some befores and afters:

4:30 and 6:14 PM

4:30 and 6:14 PM

before and after

before and after

before and after

The idea is to cloud prune it so that it flows in the mounded naturalistic fashion with no poky bits coming up.

5:58 PM:  While we worked, Maddy was Zen Dog in the Zen Garden.

5:58 PM: While we worked, Maddy was Zen Dog in the Zen Garden.

The azalea pruning is a persnickety job that could go on and on for hours, grabbing uppy bits and pruning them down to tight green foliage so no stub shows, but not too low because it is dark and dead looking underneath, and one has to bend at an odd angle to do it. I could just fuss over them for far longer, but what we did will do till after they bloom with a haze of bright red flowers next spring.

azalea foliage

azalea foliage

I had also done some pruning on the path running east to the hydrangea field, next to the little fenced courtyard, lightening up some rhodo and redwood and cherry tree branches that were poking into the path.

1:25 and 6:15

1:25 and 6:15

We loaded the trailer with all the azalea debris. Maddy trotted around trying to understand what was up! The four huge piles of hydrangea debris on the other side of the house will be removed by someone with a truck that can get down there.


6:10 PM loading

I gathered a few tools and took a gander at the moonrise.

6:10 PM

6:10 PM

low tide

low tide


And then….the pruning job was done. And we went to sit with Lisa on the deck for some beer and chips.

I have worked at a number of jobs along the bay over the last twenty years, starting with a garden at the end of the Harborview Motel street just north of Nahcotta, with a view of the Port of Nahcotta to the south…and just down from that, the Schisler garden, and a few blocks north of that, a garden on a high bank over the bay. I’ve worked at two bay view gardens almost as far north as Oysterville, and one in Oysterville itself. And I spent many an hour at Laurie’s garden not terribly far north of the hydrangea field. But none of them had a view that I like as well as the view from Lisa and Buzz’s new home. What makes it for me is the frame of big trees, Long Island to the north, the hydrangeas (of course!) in the foreground, the long plank walk out to a little dock, the many and varied birds on the tideflats, and most especially that darling Baby Island right across the bay.

6:33 PM from a deck chair...

6:33 PM from a deck chair…

6:40 PM

6:40 PM

7:03 PM:  moon path on the water

7:03 PM: moon path on the water

Tomorrow: Work life gets back to normal and we will try to do a check on all of the resort gardens…and if we don’t make it to all, we will finish on Saturday.

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Oh, how I did not want to go to work in the drizzle.  Allan was the one who was more determined.  I said ok, I will JUST go to prune TWO hydrangeas at Crank’s Roost.

Hydrangea number one

Hydrangea number one

There used to be a matching hydrangea on the left side of the boxwood hedge and arbour, but it mysteriously died.  And when I replaced with with a start of the righthand one, it also mysteriously died.  This is an issue that I must try to solve as it would look more balanced with two!   I am pretty sure the hydrangea is Nikko Blue.

I had sort of forgotten that the two hydrangeas that had gotten much too floppy last year and needed some serious trimming.  The second one is to the left of the birdhouse, below.

Hydrangea number two

Hydrangea number two

While checking out the garden, I immediately saw that we had not gotten it as ship shape in the late fall as I thought we had!



So Allan started tidying up the perennial bed, and before long, I became completely absorbed in the job, weeding and pruning in the woodsy area, and we spent several happy hours there, not even noticing the light drizzle.





the woodsy garden

the woodsy garden

The deer have been coming in and eating the tops of the daylily in the foreground.  Fortunately, there are plans afoot for the garden to be fenced.

all tidy now

all tidy now

When we left the sheltered garden, the rain and wind were much stronger than we had realized so we bailed out on the rest of the day and had a pleasant late afternoon at home.

The moral of the story is that even if I don’t want to go to work, I will enjoy it when I get there, simply because I love to garden.

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