we were camping, my flower beds have been taken over by weeds. Lots
of them. That nasty invasive wild ginger has woven into the mulch and
is trying to crawl up the shrubs onto the brick. Poison ivy is growing
into saplings. Little maple trees have germinated from those
whirlygigs. Pokeweed, wild blackberries and privet are everywhere.
And I don't even want to talk about the crabgrass.
kept the lawn mowed between trips, but I didn't take the time to pull
weeds or trim. I'm making up for that now. I don't mind weeding,
really, but this much is nearly overwhelming. One section at a time,
and I'll get it done. It's the price I pay for living in the country
and having natural, unstructured flower beds instead of manicured
was thinking of using a blow torch on the wild ginger, but since I
mulch with pine needles that might set the whole yard on fire. At
least my arms are getting a workout yanking up the stuff, but my
hands are beginning to cramp. My trigger finger is sore from spot spraying
poison ivy that decided to sprout between my hosta plants and behind
the shrubs. If I could sell all the poison ivy on these five acres,
I'd be a bazillionaire.
yeah, thanks to the state highway workers who sort of mowed the right
of way while we were gone. They cut to the ground the iris and vinca under our
mailbox but trimmed carefully around a giant thistle plant and left
a positive note, while I was taking a break I noticed hummingbirds
are enjoying my gorgeous daylilies and butterflies are flitting around the
purple coneflowers and blackeyed susans. If you need me this week, I'll be
outside weeding, or resting on the porch with an icy cold beverage,
or on the phone looking for a landscaping service.
weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a
valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground
easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown
appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my
perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a
meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error. ~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988
always plenty to do while we are camping. We walk trails, fish,
ride our bikes, meet new people, go sightseeing, read, relax by the
campfire, and watch wildlife (both human and animal) for
entertainment. Even when we spend two weeks in the same place, we
haven't been bored yet.
usually take some kind of craft project along, because I love to
create. This trip I was crocheting cotton spa washcloths.
simple, quick and easy. I can work on them outside in a comfy lawn
chair or in the camper while watching TV.
A couple of years ago I found a cute little Singer sewing machine for $10 at a yard
sale. Now I keep it in the camper so I'm ready to sew. I set it up
outside on a folding table and stitch away. If it's too windy or
rainy, I stay inside and use the desk. I have brought along fabric
scraps to piece into quilt squares, and once I made a skirt.
always have colored pencils and journals for sketching scenery or
jotting down ideas, and the sketch program on my tablet is awesome. Sometimes the coolest things occur to you while you're not at home.
"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." Edward de Bono
disclosure about our camping: we are not roughing it by any
stretch of the imagination. We have a new thirty-three foot fifth
wheel trailer with two slide-outs, heat and air conditioning, flat
screen satellite tv, computers, and plenty of storage
space for food, clothing and supplies.