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We are trying to take Sundays off even when anxious about work and even when having been rained out on other days.  I began the day at midmorning wondering whether or not I will be able to resist at least getting a few things planted at the port.  But one work thing that must be done today is sort out the two car loads of plants that I have acquired from The Basket Case Nursery.  A few go to each client because I wish them all to have the choicest of my favourite plants.

a car load

a car load

Everyone we know thinks we need a bigger vehicle than our small two door Saturn, and at plant buying time I heartily agree.  The fantastic gas mileage and our inherent frugality about everything except for plants and (sometimes) restaurants steps in and keeps us small for another year.  It is a struggle with the plants and tools, though.

By 11 AM, I’ve accomplished two other self imposed task:  Uploading photos to two of the several (well, many) Facebook pages that I maintain:  The Basket Case Greenhouse and Klipsan Beach Cottages.

And now: let the plant sorting begin.   It is much easier than in our old place where I had to schlep plants up and down stairs and long pathways to load them for work days.  Here, I can work in the comfort of the garage.

later:   Two hours of sorting resulted in the car equally packed but ready tomorrow with the flats of plants, one hopes, in the right order for easy access.  I easily resisted going out to plant anything for work.

Over the course of the afternoon I decided to focus mostly on pulling as much shotweed as possible before it seeds.  (The seeds shoot sharply into one’s eyes when ripe, perhaps leading to its other common name of “Jumping Jesus!”)   I filled the large wheely bin in a couple of hours because I would not compost the stuff….too likely to pop up in even more places.

bogsy wood, before

by the bogsy wood, before

in the bogsy wood after

in the bogsy wood after

When I have time to get after the creeping buttercup, I will really see a difference here.

a shade area, before

a shade area, before

and after: satisfying!

and after: satisfying!

Allan worked on measuring and mapping his shade garden but was kind enough to plant about twenty new plants for me.  I do not enjoy planting.  Weeding and pruning I love.  The season of much planting is now on us till June, and I am grateful he saved me from the planting chore today.  Okay, I offered him money, but it was well worth it!

We both took an intermission from our projects to walk four doors down and see the progress in the Hornbuckle courtyard.   Over the last week, Tom and Judy have redesigned their water feature so that it is now the world’s shortest (and cutest) stream and smallest waterfall.

new design: tiny stream

new design: tiny stream

the smallest waterfall

the smallest waterfall

and a new burbler

and a new burbler

Because detail in this garden is so important, each rock got washed before being used in the new arrangements.

The emerging leaves of the many Japanese maples in the Hornbuckle garden could make a gallery…

in the courtyard

in the courtyard

However, I took photos mostly of the tulip tour around their garden.

by Tom and Judy's back gate

by Tom and Judy’s back gate

I love that dark red one.  It came in a mixed bag.

inside

inside

swirly

swirly

inside

front garden

front garden

red and white

I don’t know how Judy has the discipline to not cram the garden full of plants.  The result is that each plant gets its own pride of place and is offset by Tom’s green and perfect lawn and the fine bark mulch.

We took a further break from our garden by sitting in comfortable chairs in the secluded patio and having a good natter while admiring the dogs.

Stymie

Stymie

Towbeh

Towbeh

Towbeh

Towbeh

Beep

Beep

Perhaps the weed free perfection of the Hornbuckle garden is what inspired me to go home and really work hard on those two shot weed infested areas that I accomplished in the early evening.

Next:  a review of plants this past week in our garden.

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