I'm back. It's been a looong June and July. I pushed myself very hard to catch up with the April/May projects that were not attended to due to the overlong winter. At the same time I stretched myself to finish June/July projects that I just would NOT let slide. *woof* I've worked myself into near exhaustion a couple of times and have lost nearly 10 pounds of 'winter comfort'. But I kept at it. And at it. And - finally - I'm done. Well, not done done, (there are still years on my to-do list) but at least now I'm where I hoped to be at this time of summer.
And that is ... SITTING MY TAIL DOWN IN A DECK CHAIR and drinking lots of iced tea. The brakes are on for now. Outside of mowing grass, puttering in the beds in cool mornings or watering as necessary, I'm geared down in response to the scorching weather. It's time to coast for a while.
But the thought of listing all the things I've done since I went on hiatus unnerved me and would probably bore everyone to tears anyway. So I'll just post pics of how some of the beds look as of today.
(As always, click on pic to enlarge, then magnify for better focus.)
|SW view from driveway|
|NE view from driveway|
(note: clematis transplant succussful - 2nd bloom just starting)
|Stump bed - looking much better this year|
|New privacy fence & bed|
|Crab bed (without Nishiki willow)|
|Wall bed (in previous years only tomato plants,|
but now filled with zins)
|Birdbath bed (Golden Jubilee reaching 4 feet -|
can barely see birdbath so they
will be replaced with shorter plants next year)
|Deck (still 2 center benches of perennial seedlings that|
will be planted out in September when temps fall
and rains return)