Wet Pants….Time Warps….Shady Sunflowers…& Fairies

So, officially we ended up with .41 inches of rain yesterday. At one point Joe says to me “Can I coax you inside?…” I said “not yet, I only have a few more things to do, besides, I’m not DRIPPING wet”….I think the heavens took that as a challenge?! I was wet to the bone by the time I made it inside, mud caked my shoes and coveralls…but I had managed to get some things checked off the list! You may ask why I wasn’t wearing my rubber pants…honestly, it didn’t really feel like it was raining that hard, and it was warm…and I didn’t think I was going to take very long, but…as usual there was a time warp – time seems to stand still when I’m outside in the garden, that’s not always a bad thing, unless there’s plans for later in the day. I can never just go out to the garden and take care of one thing, there always seems to be a million things to do, and I think I have the time to do them, so I try not to go out into the garden if I have things that need to be taken care of by a certain time.

Move out Stock…..
Here comes the Zinnias

The Stock flowers have been removed from the ground, they are currently still laying in the rows, looking very sad and discarded, but it was time to move on. The Zinnias have been placed in their rows, they look perky and happy. I also managed to weed around the Lisianthus, Snap Dragons, Marigolds and Pride of Gibraltar.

Thanks to the removal of the Stock flowers, not only was I able to put in 70’ish Zinnia’s, I have a bit of space left of row 1A. I’m not sure what I will put in that space yet. Their is a patch of volunteer sunflowers that grew near the compost pile that are already three feet tall, which will cast a very large shadow on that particular area as summer marches on. The Zinnias like sun, so it might be that I start to thin the sunflowers out as they produce heads, I also might strip them of their large leaves as they grow to allow that area to get sun. I could also put more sunflowers in, but I also have Celosia that needs to go in (but the shade might be an issue), as well as some Hyssop, but Id’ like to put that in a permeant location. Always things to do, always things to consider.

I also started my Kale this weekend — FINALLY!! I’ve never grown it, have no idea what I’m doing, but that seems to be the case with me – kinda just trying things out as I go. I always see Carolyn’s and think “why don’t I have any of that”….so I had to give it a try! It should be ready for fall bouquet season, I have no idea what else will still be here, but again, lets give it a try and see what happens. I have low expectations, but am willing to give it a go and hope for the best.

I’m looking forward to the weather at the end of the week. I do enjoy a good soaking, and enjoy being able to retreat to the couch, warm cozy clothes, and snuggle in for a break, but I’m also looking forward to our sun and warmer temps that are supposed to grace us by Friday. Between the rain yesterday and today & the sun by Friday – we should see an explosion of growth! So exciting!

Tomorrow I am taking off work a bit early – we are taking my son and his family out for a boat ride! The kids were in Hawaii for several months last year, so it’s not their first time on a boat, and they are both water savvy, so it’s not that big of a deal to them – but for this grandma and papa to take their grands out for a ride – it’s darn exciting for us!! I think there will be some island hikes also, so that will be fun. I’m hoping to make a few fairies to hide along the way, but if that is going to happen I better get a move on and get them going!

Thanks for stopping by again this week-I appreciate it very much! I hope your week has gotten off to a great start. Until next time my friends, hugs to you!

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