Sunday, August 30, 2015
A Nice Suprise in the Garden!
I have planted various flowers here over the years; some did very well, others didn't. It currently contains assorted bulbs, wild tiger lilies dug from the side of the road, Liatris , rudbeckia, a couple of achillea plants which are losing their battle and some Ajuga, which has mostly migrated out into the grass.
Every few years, I have dug it all up and replant due to the weeds that had taken over. I don't know what changed after the last "reboot", but suddenly I started seeing horsetail . There is really no easy way to eradicate it. Even digging it all up won't do it, unless you can spend all day every day cutting of the stems for a couple of years. (Not making it up!)
So I have mostly abandoned this garden. I go out with the grass clippers and "mow" it once in a while. These pictures were taken a couple days after I sprayed vinegar so hubby could find where the edge was to mow.
While I was getting the mail one day I decided to pull the dead lily stalks. (you know- to make it look like someone actually tends this weed patch)
I got near the center and a spot of yellow caught my eye. Do you see it in the center?
It's my favorite garden visitor- an argiope aurantia. (known as Princess Argiope in my house) She had made such a great web, I left the stalks she was using. It is easy to see why many people call these "zipper spiders" when you see this web. I hope she is still out there, getting fat on grasshoppers, and maybe leaving an egg so I will have more next year!
A bit closer to the house, the Ibiscus are finally blooming. These pink ones are my favorite.
I had to grab this picture- kind of looks like "Wall-e" doesn't it?
I read an interesting article at "Ecowatch" last week stating how important adding carbon to the soil is to improving the climate. I had never read this kind of information before. There is a farmer near me who no longer tills. For home gardeners, I recently read about adding cover crops during the winter to prevent soil erosion and improve the topsoil. This may not be news to some people, but it was to me- so I thought I'd share.
I am grateful for:
Spending time with friends- even when I didn't think I wanted to go anywhere.
A job where I can take time off without needing someone to cover for me.
Time with Kiara!
Learning to find the positive in many things where I used to only see negative.
my TENS unit