I’ve had a little break from the rain for a bit today, so with a little sunshine and warmer temperatures (in the mid 60s) I headed outside to check out what needed to be cleaned up in the Little Cove.
The more I get done now, hopefully the less I will have to do in the spring.
This summer has been a learning experience for me. I share my land with such a varied mix of wildlife that it’s been hard to choose what to plant and what not to.
First up were the hosta plants. I split one large plant into two last year, and immediately the deer ate them down to the roots. I didn’t give much thought to having hosta again here, but this year up sprang the first two and 5 more. The only thing we can figure is that the deer in devouring them last year dropped some of the roots around the area, in some very nice spots as well I should add. The funny thing is non of the wildlife touched the hostas this year after devouring them last year. Go figure.
The marigolds didn’t disappoint either, they are still holding on with the low temps.
The wildflowers to attract the butterflies were late bloomers, mostly my fault I was late getting them in. At first the new blooms were nibbled, then the animals left them alone they are still going strong even with the cold temperatures. They got quite high, and are a nice touch for a little privacy in the Cove. Directly behind these are a bench and 3 chairs, you can see one to the left.
The black-eyed Susan’s didn’t fair well, and died off pretty quickly
I took time to use some leftover paint from my grand daughters trim color in her new bedroom and replanted a few of the marigolds to dress up the bird feeder built by a neighbor.
I never got the chance to get into the weeds to the far side of the Little Cove, so unless we get more nice weather this will have to wait for spring for me to tackle.
Of course I don’t just pick up things around my own yard, I found this near the beach and realized this would make a great addition for the holidays inside. As I told my grand kids, I will be making this into a Holiday Tree in place of an actual tree. I’ll let you think about that for a while, but when ready I’ll share how this turns out.
I got rained out and didn’t get much further. I did find 4 more ripe strawberries, which I never had a chance to photograph as my grand daughter stopped by and I let her pick them. She was so excited to find more she forgot until she popped the last one in her mouth to share, so I didn’t get a single one!
The biggest disappointment are our mums. With the planter we pulled out of the dumpster and painted, I decided to add mums to the Little Cove. Almost immediately the wildlife began munching away. I tried adding lime, but that only worked a few days. We had 2 purple and one yellow plants here, it was gorgeous while it lasted.
Other happenings today, my son and wife found an old Kirby vacuum cleaner in their house, it doesn’t suck much up, but my one neighbor enjoys tinkering with vacuums and saves every one he can find. He was a little concerned to take this apart so he offered them a trade. Let him try to replace the worn belt and he would sell them a Dirt Devil he pulled out of the dumpster and repaired for $10. They took the deal. Here’s a dumpster find that now has a new home.
As you can see I still have quite a bit of weeding to do before I give up for winter. What jobs need finished outside your home?