In spite of what the calendar says, for 'us' this was Labor Day weekend. (yes, that was the royal 'us'. PapaGeek labored all weekend in the garden---while I only donated a few guilt-induced hours.)
The results were rather dramatic. The garden beds went from looking like Sleeping Beauty's overgrown slumber chamber, to .... well, take a look....
The vitex got trimmed back so you could actually find the little hole in the ground we affectionately call 'the pond'; it got cleaned out, amazingly the pump still works, but-- needless to say, the water plants and the goldfish were no more. (We'll do the fish-thing next week when the grands are here. Dick, the indoor-goldfish, has refused to relocate. Smart fish.)
My weeding plan this summer was---pull a few as you walk by them every time you go to or from the car or mailbox. This was not working for several reasons, but the biggest was---this side of the house we rarely walk to. Big mistake in not putting a gate on this side of the fence to the backyard. One lone echinacea plant is all the color over here now; the baptista was really pretty in the spring, but was the only color then. This bed has SERIOUS planting problems. I obviously need to walk here more often.
EWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Maybe not.
If we DID replace a panel and put in a gate, this is what it would open into. The thought of moving all those plants just gave me a headache.
This is one of the tiny sections I 'weeded'. I would give myself a D-. Obviously, I have a redo in my future. (It looks pretty good from the front, though.)
My 'weeding' time also consisted of a run to a local nursery. A few new pillows for the porch and finally some plants for this planter. (Yes, they are just plopped in the planter. I'll plant them some other day.)
I carefully weeded around the zucchini plant growing in the middle of the flower garden (as well as staking a few volunteer tomato plants that magically appeared among the flowers. The tomatoes I actually PLANTED aren't doing so well. I'm holding out a lot of hope for the volunteers this year.)
And then, there was...
:: dinner with the 'holiday' group
:: a Texas barbeque party at some friends' (they are amazing gardeners; I'm reinspired to get out and dig more in the dirt.)
:: and(of course!) a little knitting...
New cast on: Wool Leaves by Jared Flood using Biggo (KnitPicks washable merino in super bulky) The yarn is ultra soft---perfect for baby knitting, but so bulky I feel as if I'm knitting with that snake. (note: snake and yarn are the same color. YUCK.) It's a labor of love. I love the pattern, I love the softness of the yarn, but I HATE the #11 needles and am really laboring with them. (It called for #13---I just couldn't do it.)
New bound off: Light and Up
Zauerball turned out to be a lovely yarn; it knit up much softer than I thought it would, giving the shawl a nice drape. The #8 was tolerable compared to the 11s.
But, my heart was with the tiered shawl.
The first tier is almost completed. I'm not sure I'm going to love the finished shawl. Or the colors. But, who cares? Fingering weight WOOL yarn knit with a small needle, outside on the porch on a fairly humid-free-for-us weekend---it just doesn't get any better than this.
Life is good.