Ivy is a little stinker. This morning I saw her place one of her swirly toys in front of the refrigerator. Then, like a golfer, one paw took a swing and knocked it underneath. Well she can just wait awhile before I rescue that one for her.
Ivy Pulls The Wool Over My Eyes:
And here I thought her toys were accidentally getting knocked under furniture, etc. Why would that cat want to create more work for me? Do you think she’s jealous of all the attention Charlie gets due to his illnesses?
Mr. Cardinal Visits The Patio:
I haven’t been able to get a decent bird photo all summer.
But when I moved everything back where it was originally on the patio Mr. Cardinal appeared on the settee.
He looked at me as if to say: “Now we’re talking. I like the settee under the tree branches.”
What Mr. Cardinal does not understand is that I had to continually rotate the plants around the patio to keep the heat from killing them. Especially the vegetables that were a side dish at every supper meal for months.
The Elusive Hummingbird:
I saw the hummingbird again yesterday in the evening and grabbed my camera. But I was not quick enough.
Cleaning Up The Patio:
Saturday and Sunday I worked on snipping dead growth on the patio.
There was plenty to do. But the heat kept me from doing it all at once.
Then I hosed it down and now everything looks cleaner.
So now there are empty pots. I’m trying to decide if it’s still too hot to plant the zinnias.
I may plant a couple of packages of lettuce I didn’t end up planting in the spring. Lettuce is a cool weather plant though. So I’ll have to wait a month or so.
The only zinnias left are the ones below. The tall ones are gone.
The ones below were my favorites.
Sense Of Accomplishment:
There is a certain calm and sense of accomplishment that comes with cleaning the garden up before fall. Even if it’s a little earlier than you’d prefer.
I suppose it’s like restoring the status quo. Setting things right.
A clean slate of sorts. Helping nature by doing your part to make things appear tidy again.
Bare earth in pots is better than looking at pots with dead plants in them. Then the flowers you still have blooming stand out for having survived the summer heat.
Which makes them even more special.