Physical Therapy is going well and slowly, this old gardener is getting back into the garden where he belongs. I have missed out seeing a few things bloom but found a bloom or two to show off.
|Bearded Iris and behind it is a dwarf kiwi vine "Issai"|
|MeMa's favorite floribunda rose "Europeana"|
Cinco de Mayo was a blast. MeMa and I were invited to the "Librarians" house for a big bash. We felt quite honored to be on the guest list with a few of the other neighbors, as this party in the past was attended by lesbian couples only. I think as the many years have past they finally realize that they have become such an accepted and valuable part of neighborhood life and that we have all grown to love them both and the life they have created together.
The Friday before Mother's Day I decided to stay home from work and pretend I was retired. I liked it, I think MeMa is worried I liked it too much........did I mention that I liked it? Enough said about that for now. I talked CCL's son Randy (I don't think he likes cats) into moving this stoneware pot from the driveway to the back garden. I had a vision.....and a big blank spot that is now filled. If you click on the photo you will notice the bronze figure doing a face plant on its concrete base with re-bar poking up at threatening angles. It is a "self sculpture" our son Ian created after a period of his life when bad decisions were fairly common and parents were likely to be woken from a sound sleep to come rescue an injured son and take him to the hospital in the middle the night. We all survived and are doing wonderful.
I always worried that one of the Little Terrorists would impale themselves on this symbol of his past life, so it never had a permanent home until my "vision". The pot stands about four feet, the danger of impaled Terrorist over and I have a great home for that beautiful canna lily that followed me home. Thanks Randy and good luck with those cats.
|In the Center Garden I decided we needed some height, so I found this four foot Italian Cypress to fit the bill. I can hardly weight till it is twenty feet tall|
|My usual large bed of garlic has been reduced to two small rows this year. the smaller greens in front of the garlic are Cippolini onions.|
|The Pot barrier is flourishing|
|Dwarf Buddleia new on the market and non-invasive|
Mother's Day went very nicely, had a great time with both our son's and their families. The weather was perfect, my Bar-BQ tri tip steaks were doing great until Lucy took a nasty tumble off the swing. Steaks overcooked in all the distraction. Lucy received a goose egg lump on the back of her head and then the swing came back as swings do, giving her a nice bruise on her forehead. The swing was removed, tears replaced with continued laughter, food eaten as though Poppi was the best chef ever.
|The waterlilies making good progress. They are planted in two fifty gallon tubs.|
|Rhododendron's Vulcan and Fatuosum Flora Pleno on the west path to nowhere.|