Before I head out on my working vacation I wanted to get a few things done around here. The Little Cove was over grown with weeds thanks to all the rain, but it was too muddy to work in until now.
I had friends visit Monday who I invited to join me there under the shade, the whole time I wanted to apologize for how things looked. It definitely didn’t look like my little oasis any more.
When I travel its nice to get away but even better to come home, but I like things to look good when I come home. Friday I spent 9 hours working in the Little Cove for just that reason. I kept telling myself I would quit after this one section, then after this section. I finally quit when I was in too much pain to continue. From my shoulders to my toes hurt. So here’s a peek into the day and how I hope things will still look when I return in a weeks time.
These weeds, I have no idea what they are are, I put off pulling for way too long.
There is a very good reason why I kept putting off clearing these. They hurt! I have never encountered weeds with such thorns before I moved here. The thorns are not only on the stems but on both sides of the leaves. Getting them stuck in your skin is torture, there is no way to get them out.
Here’s that area now cleared of what the kids call our pricker plants
Another view, when I return I have plans for this section. first up will be to dig the whole area to remove the root systems of both those pricker plants and the roots from the Sumac trees. Anyone know how to contain Sumac roots?
The little ones came over, happily busy on their own projects. This spot they have claimed as their own and named it the kids clubhouse.
Snacks are eaten in their chairs.
I’m pretty happy with the Little Cove, you can finally see the plantings.
I was always more of a tomboy, I grew up playing with bugs, worms and snakes but there is one thing I hate – the feel of a squished slug on my fingers or my feet, I’ll be nice and spare you from that sight.
I don’t weed too far behind the bench you see here. The first two summers we had a ground hog who lived there. It never bothered us and we did the same. This year there is a skunk, no not the pet one in the building, who has taken up residence. Not wanting to be sprayed I decided to leave a little more of that area alone this year.
Strawberries are abundant right now. We have been picking them every day so far. I have left three neighbors in charge of picking berries while I am gone so none go to waste. I really can’t tell you how many we get each day because this is what I spot every few minutes.
Since I was weeding it made sense to start a few more beds to fill when I returned. I decided to give the little ones their own fairy gardens, they did all the work themselves after I weeded the area, from laying down newspaper as the weed block to the arrangement of the rocks-which we find everywhere on the property. We headed to the thrift store to pick up the needed amenities for the fairies. The end results the kids are thrilled with.
We will add a few small flowering plants when I return next week, but they are content to wait.
While at the thrift store I spotted this tea pot. My daughter-in-law keeps telling me she’s been looking for a pretty one. This will make a great housewarming gift for her, and for $2 I couldn’t go wrong.