Idyll # 322 Summer is a coming in
Good morning everyone,
Incredible that we are already almost at the summer solstice!
We are going to have a gorgeous day here and I get to spend it in the garden. Horray! Im going to be dragging hoses today though as things have dried out pretty quickly in the last few days since the temps warmed up. IÂve already got the sprinklers on the front and will start the back yard as soon as IÂve finished this. IÂve got some happy stuff and sad stuff in the gardens this week. Yesterday I FINALLY fixed one of the leaks in the darned ponds. The waterfall from the middle smaller pond into the large bottom one is now free of leaks. Horray! I also leveled the lower pond so the water stays at the top of the rim instead of four inches down on the shelf. IÂve got the pump diverted to the stream bed instead of the upper pond and nothing has leaked since we filled it yesterday afternoon. IÂm so happy I can hardly stand it. Now I just have to fix the chute from the upper pond into the stream and then reset the big waterfall rock at the top. This has been a huge job and the fact that it leaks has been a thorn in my side for years.
Now the sad stuff, IÂve got to cut down my beautiful Sambucus ÂSutherland GoldÂ this week. It started dying off about four weeks ago. First one side of it went and then one branch at a time until now it only has one branch left and IÂm assuming that that one is going to go this week as well so IÂve got to cut it down. That is a huge bummer as I just adored that shrub and it was such a ÂstarÂ in the driveway garden. IÂve got to figure out what to plant to replace as IÂm assuming I canÂt put another sambucus there. If anyone has any thoughts IÂd appreciate them.
Cynthia, lovely red geraniums! and I love the glimpse of the inside of your house too. That looks like a beautiful marble topped stand the lamp is on. ~~ Love the pics of Monty and Katie! Too cute that Monty has to travel with a ÂstuffieÂ.
Kathy, I canÂt believe that Cape Fuchsia is invasive there. It is such a beautiful plant. Would love to see photographs of all your salvias. Do you get a lot of humming birds in all those salvias? ~~ Bummer about your Climbing Hydrangea getting scorched but they really donÂt grow very fast in the first few years so six inches isnÂt bad.
HI T! Great to hear from you. Yep, ÂJust say noÂ is a good thing but a VERY difficult skill to learn. ~~ How are the critters? Hopefully no more health woes with Bo and the goats.
Saucy, great plant list!!!! CanÂt wait to see what you do with all of those.
Bug, IÂm anxiously waiting for news about IttybittybugÂs arrival.
Mary, how wonderful DavidÂs recital went so well. Good for him! ~~ So what was the surprise for DH?
Sue, canÂt wait to see pics of the shed! Sounds colorful. ~~ Maybe we can do a road trip up to that place in VT next year. IÂd love to go.
Chelone, the awning looks great! IÂd love to have a set-up like that for our patio. We canÂt use it in the evenings as it just gets too buggy out there.
OK IÂve got to get to the gym and get that over with so I can get into the gardens. Have a great day everyone!