Friday turned out to be a perfect day to take off from the clattering at my keyboard and spend some time digging in the garden.
When I last wrote, we’d had some nice rain. That was followed by some heavy rain with about 2 inches over a couple of days. Which was followed by some dry, but cool, weather. Which brought us to Friday which was perfect for getting outside–sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s and the ground soft and easy to work.
As I began dividing the astilbe, I was thinking of how much I enjoy working in the garden and quickly amended that thought to playing in the garden. For there are days like last Friday that are so enjoyable they feel like play.
On a delightful day such as it was, even the weeding felt fine. I spent quite some time plucking violets from their unwelcome place amid the yarrow.
It was a day for spreading mulch. My mulch man places it throughout the beds and I spread it about. Tbis job takes a few days if I take my time with it.
And it was perfect for trimming the vines (Virginia creeper?) Climbing the fence and creating a wall of greenery.
It was a pleasant day for plucking up wayward black eyed Susan’s and dividing ostrich fern for friends and neighbors, trimming the Russian sage and watching with anticipation the beauty yet to bloom.
I savor days like these because I know that days like these are fleeting. As May advances toward Memorial Day it brings with it increasing heat and humidity. And that’s when play day chores like Friday’s begin to feel like work.
May 7, 2020 at 8:02 pm
That vine does not look what I know as Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia; but that may be a regional name for it.
May 8, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Thanks Tony. I thought you might know. Have you heard of anything called Winter creeper?
May 8, 2020 at 7:46 pm
I remember the Nightstalker of Los Angeles in 1985.
Euonymous fortunei is known as the winter creeper, but I am not familiar with it here. We grow only cultivars that are shrubby adult growth. Only the juvenile grown creeps and climbs. Yours looks just like a Euonymous though.