take a walk with me

June 20, 2022

my thoughts for today

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve shared my thoughts, so I thought I’d take some time today. Are you ready to go on a short walk with me? I hope so…

one of my dogwood gardens, with orange lilies blooming

I spent some time this morning trimming out one of my rose bushes…

By the end of the week all the grass will be gone. I’ll have to see if I can find a ground cover to replace what I take out, but as of right now whatever grows goes – as long as it’s not grass or vine. The bush has gotten much bigger. There is only one rose blooming at the moment…but there were more, I promise. As I dig out more grass I will be putting more logs down…at least it will help control things until I can find some ground cover. It will also help control any potential wash out.

It’s been extraordinarily cool this week – which makes for good gardening weather, but not so good pool weather. Last night it was down in the fifties…it is going to warm up through the week.

can you see the path?

I was going to try and make an actual path to the pool, with rock and landscaping lumber, but I think I will leave it as is for now. Last summer, whenever it rained the path would get slippery. Not so much this year, but the path has shifted. I might have to put some stone/rock in the area where the filter is…that area does get muddy, from cleaning the filter and what not. I do have some steppingstones, but they seem to have sunk. I’ll figure something out. I’m pretty much the only one that messes with the pool, so my feet are the only ones that need to deal with whatever ground conditions are happening.

Hosta, wild rose, ornamental grass and other “weeds” around the pool

The Hosta isn’t blooming yet, but it will be soon. I planted it there, I don’t know, ten to fifteen years ago. Maybe? I don’t know if the wild rose will bloom this year or not…it should have bloomed already. I usually do trim it back so it doesn’t get out of control…that might have something to do with it.

I am slowly but surely building my own little oasis here. As I have stated before, I’m trying to get rid of much grass and vine as possible, letting native plants take its place as much as possible. It’s much better for the wildlife – birds, bees, butterflies, and other critters. I have managed to reduce mow time from 3 – 5 fours to 1 1/2 -3 hours, depending on what needs to be mowed.
Believe it or not, there is stone and rock under the flowers and clover in the photo above. When the flowers have died off, they can be seen. The primary reason for doing this was to keep the ground from washing out. It was getting pretty bad…

All of the stone I use, came from the chimney of the summer kitchen on the property I grew up on. What I mean is, when we moved into this house, the house I grew up in was torn down…including all of the out houses. The house was built in 1900 and had a summer kitchen, smoke house, garage/barn and chicken coop. So, my dad took everything he could…including the stone from the summer kitchen. As much as I have used, I still have more to use.

a single rose, flea bane/field daisy, spider

The rose is the same single rose, blooming on the rose bush from earlier. The spider looks like it might be a grand daddy long leg, but I’m not so sure at the moment. I found out a year to two ago that granddaddy long legs aren’t the only spider that look like this…

That’s all I have for now
so I will say hope you enjoyed the short little walk about
I will do this again, if you would like.

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

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