The rain began about 5 minutes ago, very gently. Now it picked up a little, but not much. I need to get my umbrella and go check some newly installed experiments to see how they are functioning. It’s like an ongoing experiment that fascinates me!
I am completely finished planting, at least for this year. I will now focus on grooming, and general maintenance – with a great amount of focus on what grows well and supports my design choices. Soon I can begin to prune dead wood from the dogwoods, and from the crepe myrtles I moved last year, from the street bed where they were dying. I wanted more foliage to come out before I made the choices of which limbs to take off.
Is it raining much where you are? Is it a lovely view to look down across your field to the creek and the forest’s edge? I want to offer Deb good size cuttings from any of my shrubs she may have an interest in. If she roots them in the ground next to vegetables which she will already be watering this summer, would that be an easy way to do it? Then the rooted cuttings could be transplanted in the fall, to the location she prefers them to be. Just an idea, if she’s interested. (Abelia ‘Rose Creek’, Dystilium ‘Vintage Jade’, Cleyera, Laurel ‘Schipka’, Satsuki azalea ‘White Gumpo’, Ilex ‘Oak Leaf’, Sarcococca ‘Himalayan’, Buxus ‘Green Velvet’, Ilex ‘Steeds’… Guess I should have sent this list to HER!
Standing rainwater, a wonderful indication of rainwater slowly soaking into my gardens.
Standing rainwater, nourishing all plants around these detention pools.
Standing rainwater in my large detention pool at the back corner.
Standing rainwater, slowed by this chipped leaf berm.