One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Wednesday



Here’s some of that white allyssum I planted out last evening.

The route to work was detoured this morning, so I got to treat myself to a road less traveled by me, the highlight being this tableau of dogwood and lilacs.

Stopped for an oil change on the way in and the mechanic advised me that he’d disposed of a mouse nest he’d discovered under the hood. Owen had several experiences in his last vehicle, wherein a terrified looking mouse would suddenly appear on the windshield while he was driving to work, so I guess I’m lucky not to have lived that tale of the unexpected.

Here’s that chipmunk tunnel I discovered last evening, burrowing down between daylilies and daisies. I’m still glad to have them, but 24 hours has given me time to wonder if it’ll be worth waiting around for those gladiola bulbs. Time will tell.

Twenty four hours has brought good news, too, though, as I’ve discovered the superior relief of Tecnu soap and Benadryl gel, which together seem to have taken 97% or more of the itch out of the poison ivy misery. Ahhhh

Still cool today, with temps topping out in the high fifties…but it sounds like we may have a little heat wave coming our way for the approaching holiday weekend! Woo woo


I found another garden visitor this evening, as this Robin surveyed the garden beds on his nightly forage, politely posing long enough for this great picture.

Meanwhile, up by the house, zombie terrorist squirrels have brought down one of our hanging bird feeders, and are feasting merrily.

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