It's been awhile since I went on walkabout on a Friday night and perused the garden. Tonight was the perfect night for a stroll as the weather has cooled considerably. Even my little buddy decided it was a good night to tag along.
I collected another bouquet during my travels.
Peonies have given way to roses and veronica. The lady's mantle is still blooming strongly and provides plenty of filler.
I had this notion in the spring that if I could just get the vegetable garden underway it would be self regulating until fall when I would gather up all the tasty food. Good grief I'm more than a little naive some days.
I have been picking peas all week and I noticed tonight I have to get back in there again. In fact there's probably another week of picking before we're through. It's a double edged sword. Fresh peas taste out of this world but it means the rest of the garden gets neglected... again.
Which means I didn't notice this until it was too late.
My new copper beech is in trouble. The leaves are all dried and shriveled. I have watered it now but the damage is done. The real trouble was that this tree didn't have a good root system when I bought it. I was not impressed when I removed it from the pot. Far too little roots for such a large specimen. I won't be visiting that nursery again.
The beech was not the only tragedy this evening. The odd looking echinacea have morphed into alien species.
I've been wondering for a weeks now what the heck was going on with these plants. They just look worse and worse. Yellow coloured skinny leaves, bug holes, dying leaves - they don't look like echinacea any more. Two plants are affected. I'm new to echinacea so don't have a clue what's going on. Any ideas what the cause is?
For those following the sordid tale of my composting mishaps - I finally gathered my courage and visited the compost bin these evening. Yes, it has been several weeks since I last opened up the bin. I felt sick every time I thought of digging through that again so I've been avoiding it. Tonight though I thought - put on your big girl panties, you can do this.
The good news was I did not see a single mouse nor hear any squeaks. I did however find snakes. PLURAL. They reared up at me when I poked them. I did not get a photograph. I think the rule from here on in when visiting the compost bins is always bring back up. One person to hold the camera and one person to carry a shovel to fend off any enraged critters.
|This is a much nicer view than snakes|
Who knew composting could be so adversarial? It feels a bit like chasing out unwanted squatters. Although I should probably thank the snakes for taking care of the voles so efficiently.
One last stop was made at the very front of the property. I'm starting a new garden bed there. There's a slight dip that I have noticed gathers water when it rains. So a couple willows were planted, including this very pretty Hakuro Nishiki dappled willow.
In addition to the willows I had an idea that some butterfly friendly plants would be a good idea. To that end I brought home some Bee Balm from the plant sale in the spring. I'm sure I asked about the colour and I could have sworn it was supposed to be pink. Which would have gone quite nicely with that dappled willow. This is what I found tonight.