I would have to say that I spend more time out in the sunken garden and vegetable/herb garden than anywhere else. Maybe because in the early morning this is the sunny garden.
Yesterday morning I was out there, before the sun rose, with my camera. This is the time when I decide where I will work and form my 'to do' list. This invariably changes throughout the day as I spot new places that need my attention.
I am delighted to see some blackfoot daisies popping up between the stone but there are also one heck of a lot of weeds. A little kitchen knife is the tool of choice here.
Most of the plants in here have self sown and I just have to act as the controller- something at which I am not very good.
Yesterday's main job was to do something about the Texas sunflowers in the back of the vegetable garden. I had to take a saw to one which had a 3" diameter stalk. It was a good fight getting it out and I know I wasn't very popular with the goldfinches. I was encroaching on their feeding time.
I only removed one so there are still plenty more seeds for them. In the meantime there is a lot of weeding to do underneath in the gravel. I did some more boiling water treatment between the pavers in the herb garden where thousands of coreopsis seedlings had germinated. If only I could get them to grow on the septic field.
I collected all the seeds from the white rain lilies which are growing in the center of creeping oregano. I found a new home for them out in the front. The deer should appreciate that.
The squash has responded to the rain. Hope I get some fruit from them before winter comes.
Two rows of beans were planted 3 weeks ago and they are just starting to flower.
Along the walkway and under the window of the potting shed is a window box. The only plants that I have had any success with in this westerly facing direction are the Mexican feather grass.
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