This is my last week of gardening-time, me-time, etc, as my daughter goes back to work next week and I’ll be watching my grandson again. So now my time is filled with gardening, reading, relaxing, and enjoying the solitude.
Fortunately, I don’t need to preserve any tomatoes, as I have lots left from last year. I do still want to can up some peppers, coleslaw, and grapes, when they get ripe. With the pears done and out of the way this gives me more time to spend enjoying the gardens rather than sitting in the kitchen watching the pot boil.
Yesterday, I planned on getting a lot done outside but it was SO humid it just wasn’t worth the effort. Today, the sky is grey, the grass is wet and the mosquitoes are buzzing. Again, my gardening is delayed. Hopefully as things dry out the mosquitoes will go back to sleep and I can get some work done.
I did get a quick walk-about done this morning and I endured a few bites to take some photos.
The giant and mostly dead hazelnut bush has been removed – mostly. I left one branch that I, hopefully, can prune into a small tree over the next couple of years. If it doesn’t work, I’ll just cut if off and plant another one beside it.
Check out the remnants of what we have removed!
After taking down the hazelnut tree, we removed the two giant euonmymous bushes in front of the house. The plan is to put some fruit trees here instead and prune them to keep them about 6’ high, max. There were two bushes, one near (and spreading over) the steps on the left and one taking over the corner on the right.
(Tucked behind the evergreen is the fig tree that survived the winter. If the fig tree gets big the evergreen might also have to go.)
This is a funny little dwarf evergreen that has a branch from… genetic history? The branch has always just been a little 5 fingered protrusion that looked like it was waving to passersby. This year it took off and “look at me now”. I am assuming that it is going to grow like a full-grown tree while the rest remains dwarf. It will, at some point, probably have to be cut off.
Apios Americana – hopniss
I planted this in 2011. Apparently the roots are like potatoes. (LINK) This is the first year that it has had flowers on it and there are LOTS .. and they are so unique! They are just opening now. Perhaps I’ll get a better photo later today or tomorrow.
I won’t dig into the roots yet this year but I will be watching to see if there are some beans produced!
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)