At the end of the day, after I have worked outside in the garden for most of that day, I have the best feeling of being deliciously tired. It's a feeling of having accomplished and contributed to the beauty of nature.
Several of our neighbors have silver maples which shed at this time of year....many refer to them as "helicopters"....but shed they do and most of them seem to fall in my yard and hide behind every plant and flower in the garden. So today, along with planting everything new around the mailbox, a flat full of impatience, more pots I also raked and rid the yard of a boat-load of helicopters, just in time for the honey locust to shed their stuff. I have a feeling there will be many delicious moments of tiredness ahead.
I have a concern this year, the impatience (the workhorse of the shade garden) has developed some kind of an airborne fungus this year. Well actually, I guess it started last year. The fungus gets in your soil and does ugly things to the impatience...kills them. I guess "they" are saying you have better luck if you keep them in pots. But I risked it and planted some in the ground. Not as many as I usually do, but still some. These fungus' and bugs are doing major damage in our area. I am sure you have heard of the Emerald Ash Borer that is killing all the Ash trees. Well, guess what, I think it got mine and it definitely has attacked my neighbor's tree. Another tree removal on the horizon. Mine isn't large and it is at the very back of my backyard, so removing it will not cause a big difference, but my neighbor's is huge and shades their whole back yard and most of mine as well. That will definitely be a change in the scenery. Unfortunately they have both been unemployed for many moons (not sure how they are keeping afloat) so the chances of them having the tree removed are slim to none...$$$. Oh well....!!
I love red geraniums on the front porch in the summertime...to me they are a summertime icon.
And the patio is complete....yes, a delicious day!!
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time." ~ Sir Jay Lubbock
Hope you have a delicious day.
Until next time.....