Let me touch briefly down in three different garden-y areas today.
This first picture reveals a wealth of differences in today’s garden compared to last week’s. For one thing, the hose. Feast your eyes upon it. Because of the hose (and its cart) I no longer have to make twenty thousand trips to the spigot every day. I must say there was something kind of nice about watering everything by hand with the watering cans. It made me feel just that much more involved in the care of my plants (or seeds, as the case may be). But with ever-expanding gardens and many other things to do besides irrigate, I had a hankering to cut down on that time a little bit. Not to mention I craved the power afforded by a bajillion-option hose nozzle. Shower, cone, flat, MIST…MY GOD, MIST, FOR MY TENDER SEEDLINGS.
Got a little excited there. Anyway, so aside from the mini watering revolution, there are also some new thin, mulched paths. And there’s a chicken wire fence (in progress). And the beet seedlings are getting bigger (foreground). And the onions are getting really big (background).
I mentioned the other day that I have seedling-related anxiety. Someday soon I fully expect this to be recognized as a legitimate condition for which I can receive some kind of wicked awesome prescription medication. In the meantime, I just bite my nails and wait. The peas though exceeded my wildest expectations by beginning to emerge, oh, a week ago, I guess it was. I mention all this to let you know how I’ve been procrastinating on the Tippy Teepee Stabilization Project. I’d been meaning to follow up on some good advice from Emilio/The Dispersinator (sorry) on making my jerry-rigged teepee sturdier, and I wanted to do it before the peas had emerged so that — hopefully — I wouldn’t disturb their little root systems too badly. Anyway, today I finally got to it, a goodly week and some days after I planned to. No, I still haven’t learned how to really tie good knots or lash. Yes, it could charitably be described as wonky. But I believe in it! Do your worst, peas. And wind.
Now down to the more ornamental garden in the backyard. I haven’t put up a ton of pictures from this garden, because it’s kind of a mess right now. Runaway daylilies and globe allium, invasive crown vetch, some dandelions up to your waist….It needs work. In the middle of it, there’s a trellis, and it’s pretty, only the clematis on one side (formerly doing great) is in terrible shape. But the clematis on the other side looks great.