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Re: 4th of July weekend

I continue to grub goldenrod out of the "swamp" (drier areas thereof)  
- is probably 50% weeded. Not trying to get rid of all of it, but it  
has monoculture aspirations! Receipt of Jason's ashes now has me  
shifting attention to the shade garden to prepare his final resting  
place. Cleaned up the perennial beds, removing some excess oriental  
poppies in favor of asters. Need to do some plant shifting - the  
amsonia I planted grew a lot bigger than I realized. Found a  
bottlebrush buckeye seedling hiding with the oenothera next to the  
house - definitely needs a new location. And then, there is the  
drudgery of hose dragging... I knew there was a drought when even the  
shrubs in the shad garden were wilting! We got .3 inch of rain over  
the weekend. Not nearly enough, but had to rejoice anyway.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jul 4, 2005, at 6:01 PM, Donna wrote:

> Hope everyone had time to spend with friends, enjoy the holiday,  
> eat bbq,
> and all the other holiday wishes.
> I had three days off in a row!
> Managed to make a huge dent in working in the yard along with  
> socializing at
> night. Man am I tired!
> Both beds that have been cleaned out- ok, some started the weed  
> thing again,
> but got the soil turned amended, planted, mulched and watered...DH  
> decided
> to expand the one bed thru the fence and made this much larger than I
> imagined at 4AM while I was sleeping... Looks a tad spars, but will  
> fill out
> and in the long run turn out better.
> They promised a cool weekend- yah right, maybe for Pam, but I was  
> dieing out
> there, blasting myself with the hose to keep cool!
> Today they promised bad thunderstorms... yeah right- not a drop!  
> Rich, just
> a tad south please...missed them by maybe 10-15 miles north of me.  
> I feel
> sorry for those effected, although we need the rain, some were very
> damaging, power out, trees down, you know the routine.
> Anyways, a couple more weekends and I will be done with the  
> remodeling of
> the yard... sort of, DH still hasn't worked on that darn train layout!
> So what did everyone else do?
> Donna
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