Do you ever get those weekends where you aren't wondering what to do? The list is piled so high that the only question is how much will be left, not will I get done early? Well, I always have an ongoing list of what I'd like to do, but this weekend there was a bit more than usual. Part of this is self imposed as the year seems to be flying by and I haven't planted my winter crops yet and haven't painted the house yet and the ivy still needs a trim and on and on. The other part is that these things actually need to happen.
On top of all of this, I finally decided to put beauty bark on the front planters. I have been staying on top of the weeds and watching to see what else I should add. However, this time weeding could be spent elsewhere and I don't think I want add much. I do want to add more heather next spring, but that won't be for a while. I figured I would need about 7 yards but when I called the delivery fee made up for a little over two yards and at 10 yards the delivery was free so I decided to get ten. There are always more places for this if I get extra right? Well, imagining 10 yards and seeing it steadily and seeing it whole are two different things. It is a growing heaving miasma. It looked more like the blob than a pile of bark. Well we started early spreading the love to avoid the heat and got a good bit done. I think I may be able to finish by mid winter, but I'll keep chipping away at it. Overall I am pleased with the look. I know that it will fade, but hopefully it will deter some of the weeds. Weeds are like painters. They see a blank canvas or dirt and decide they want to stop there and mess about.
I just put this picture in for fun. The dahlias are doing their thing and the sweet peas are doing well also. The corn on the right is a month ahead of the middle row and should be ready soon. The ears are forming and I'm just trying to be patient!
As usual when I do a biggish project I forget to take the before picture. This is only an after, but there was a hoophouse overgrown with morning glories. Then they spread out like a carpet and covered everything else. I pulled some, mowed some and took the hoop house apart. I am planning on reusing the pieces and retrofit one of the raised beds up front for winter veggies. The cold frame was also overgrown, but I am going to have that ready to plant for next weekend (hopefully... I'll keep my fingers crossed) It looks much better than it did. A bit more on the manageable side of life. Sometimes that seems like all you can do, try and keep things manageable.
A friend of ours is borrowing our nice lens to take vacation pictures, so these are iPhone pics. Not as nice, but better than nothing. I watered all of our roses and seeing all of the water droplets I just had to take pictures. Maybe it was the 29 days of no rain around here that is addling my brain, but I haven't seen roses with fresh rain or dew on them in a while. Well, this is simulated rain to keep them all healthy and blooming and looks every bit as nice!
Here is the bark pile now. It doesn't seem like I did much, but like the sower, I have put some on all types of soil so I will just try not to look at the pile and will look at the front bed all brown and chippy and will be content... tired and content.
Have a great weekend!