First Week of June 2013
The best I can do at this point is a digest, right?!
*WALKWAY G put down the brick to extend our walkway (when?). No real fuss, or prep, she just started arranging pavers. It actually looks decent. And will keep us from getting our feet wet if it EVER RAINS AGAIN.
*PINE BARK The end of last season G bought a load of walk-on pine bark. And as piles do at our place, it sat around for months until she spread it half way around a nearby bed. That's as far as we got in 2012. This spring, she got out the plastic edging, and started digging it in so that that bed (the one with the now dead/ sculptural RedBud) -- so that the bed could be lower than the bark-covered path. In accordance with sound water management principles.
Well, she got about a third of the way around and got distracted. So we looked at big curls of brown plastic for several weeks. :o I finally got sick of looking at it, and did the hard digging required to get it installed all the way around. *Yay! *Much better!*
We bought a load of walk on pine bark Memorial Weekend (that makes 2). A week later, spread it out. Looks nice. Need much more. This past Saturday, June 8, I ran down to the S Valley for load 2. Sunday we spread that out. It's starting to look more civilized!
And in that vein, we put together the handsome stainless table that has been sitting in the way for 6 weeks (more?). Took down the old wood table. Emptied trash. Tossed things into the back compost spinner (with chicken poo and several gallons of water). Swept. Washed the cushions on the glider. It looks so nice! Now would like to shop for a stainless trashcan & 2 small wrought iron tables, & figure out a way to create some shade on the west side. At which point it will, at long last, look positively middle class! :)
*Tomatoes - 4 put in ~2/3 wks earlier. G had to fix all the drip lines
before putting in the rest... Memorial Weekend? Or was it earlier?
Chickens thrown out of that particular bed. (Will have to count how many
plants we ended up with...?) June 6-9 She plants a bunch more tomatoes, puts in the melons and peppers.
*Climbing Rose trimming workshop Saturday am May 25 at the Tony Hillerman library. Very cute. Certainly makes you look at our big shaggy Lady Banks differently. When did we plant the one on the west side? She's actually looking good. She's a big girl now.
*The HARSH WINTER of 2013. And bitter cold plus extended drought.
Very alarming: we
really thought that gigantic lilac next to the front door was dead. Contemplating that as a bald spot was pretty depressing, even though I suspect that neither of us is all that fond of it. Nearly a month after it's smaller sister had leafed out and blossomed, it sprouted tiny green buds. It's back!! (I have a renewed respect for it). Same thing with the butterfly
bush. We were SURE it was dead. but watered it carefully anyway. All the
stems were dead, all 3' gone. Sticks. I kept looking at the base of it--nothing. I had basically given up, when I finally spotted a tiny sprig of green. The roots apparently made it. We now have 6-8
shoots, up to maybe 12" (of course, a quarter of its old stature). G put
a spanish broom up front last summer. We probably didn't water it
enough in the fall... it was dead as a doornail. The RedBud--dead. The southern most grade vine didn't come back. And somehow we managed to kill off all but 1 of our asparagus plants. (?!) Must have needed a BIT of water fall and winter, or spring? I don't know. I'm bummed about that. ((My tiny balloon flower came back :) ))
*New plants - a honeysuckle, a new lace vine, and one more vine thing (up front)? Some hand-me-down creeping phlox--we're trying to get that established up front. A butterfly bush and G transplanted some chocolate flowers. We'll see if they make it.
*2 new fruit trees - G bought me a plum. And she wanted a Peach. The
year-old crab apple is doing well, but the late frost nipped off all the
blossoms. Certainly don't have to cull any of the other trees...
*G's pea patch is bursting as of the last few days. :)
*Battled wasps this spring.
*Drought conditions hard on the birds and bees... we've worked hard to keep some water out for them.
*Thing - no rain, no rain, no rain. We bought a very inobtrustive new
50-gal rain barrel at Lowe's. Of course, at this rate, it will never
rain again. (6% humidity at some point last week?!) How long has it
been? :( Apparently the ditch water will be shut down the end of June?
:( So the Sandovals and their food for America
*Chicks everywhere! LSJ & T got 5 silkie babies. lost one to pasty
butt. Raising them inside, in the back bathroom. very cute. They re-did
their sunroom and their sliver of a backyard. It looks nice. Teresa
killed herself as CIO of the foodbank, getting ready for a critical
national audit of the warehouse & distribution areas. It went very,
very well. She's exhausted. :) We haven't seen them much. **Rye and Bill
Bailey got 25 chicks. We went to visit them finally over Mem Weekend. I
soooo have chick lust. And I SOOOOO don't have the energy to devote to
building extra space and watching over an integration process. **The
family Maria is living with also got chicks. **Irene Welch Mooney got a
hand full of Lakenvelders. soooo cute!!