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Re: Spent Sunday in the garden

Oh honey - condolences on your baby. That's a tough thing to do, even if
it is the right thing. And gardening is the greatest therapy - you're so
right about that!!

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Melody
Sent: 4/5/2004 12:09:30 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Spent Sunday in the garden

> Sunday was a great day here to be gardening...temps in upper 50's, loads
> of sunshine, very little wind...so I spent the whole day from right
> after Mass this a.m. until supper time putzing in the garden...it was
> glorious! Some of the daffodils are now blooming, including some tiny
> miniatures. Finished spring clean-up chores in two more beds
> today...everything in them is looking great. Chopped the butterfly bush
> down to about four inches today...it is already leafing out nicely at
> it's base, so hooray! it made it! Looks like all the rose bushes came
> through the winter alive, so that's another plus. I think I may have
> lost one of my clumps of perennial grasses, but I thought that last year
> too and it surprised me, so we'll see. But most satisfying of all, we
> managed to make huge inroads into dealing with the spearmint/peppermint
> problem...my husband has about half the landscaping cloth torn out and I
> have now begun the arduous task of deep spading every square inch and
> removing the running roots of these plants, at the same time searching
> for any plants I want to save...found seven gaura that I dug and
> transplanted (so yes, they are hardy here!) and two huechera that had
> been swamped by the mint, so I moved them to a portion of the bed I had
> already spaded and sifted free of mint/roots. Had to move one other
> huechera and two Lady's Mantle, so those went there as well. Got about
> 18 of the roses pruned and fed today. We've started on our revamp of our
> little pond by getting it cleaned out and emptied of all the gunky water
> that had collected in it since the snow melted. Rearranged the existing
> garden art collection and added some new pieces...a couple of funky
> wooden pink flamingoes and some stained glass tiles set into black iron
> frames on posts, along with some black iron finials on posts. I think I
> was working off a lot of grief in the garden...we had to put our puppy
> Sidda down on Saturday...she had developed a serious kidney disease that
> would have been too expensive to treat in light of the fact that
> she still needed another $600 surgery on her other hip, with a likely
> outcome that the kidney disease would still only continue to get worse
> even with treatment...I just couldn't do that do her and with her hip
> daily getting worse and her level of pain increasing, it was time. But I
> miss her...and the garden always helps. And I got a sunburn, darn it!
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
> --Albert Einstein
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