Nature is growing greener by the day- even as the azaleas fade away. There’s a certain truth about tending a garden. You can plant what you like, where you want. Care or neglect them. In the end, Mother Nature is the one in charge. She brings light, shade, water and warmth. I know I get more than I give these plants. Just the same, tending to their needs is not for the lazy.
Today, I took advantage of the bushy, baby box woods and gave them their first haircuts. Great video on selective pruning. June is a good time to prune, after first growth. Don’t wait till end of summer or you could freeze their nipped stems. As I dug deep and cut into the center of the bushes, the visible leaf yellowing was a quick testament to why these dense little bushes need this kind of pruning. You have to let the sun and air in to better support growth from the inside. Next step will be to clip a little more cosmetically around the bush edges.
The trees are ALL in need of attention. I got more then I expected from the experience when weeding the junipers. My first tick of the season appeared late that night – embedded in my upper arm. Second trip for us to the ER in two weeks. My husband went last week. I learned how not to yank ticks out by force with tweezers- as you might leave tick pieces inside. Rub counterclockwise around the tick’s site of entry with a cotton ball soaked in soap. The weasel will back out of your body to avoid suffocating. Bag it and take it to the doctor. (Careful, mine was still alive.) Yuck. I hate those things.
Ever heard that Italians plant flowers and food together? This year I caved into a genetic predisposition by planting tomatoes and basil in between the flowers. Why? It’s the sunniest spot, and in the middle of other plants requiring attention. I put them where I can keep an eye on them with their flowering neighbors (like baby sunflower plants).
Donovan was born in 1946 to a working-class home in Glasgow, Scotland and became a well -known singer, songwriter and guitarist. Donovan was a self-proclaimed Bohemian. I appreciate his remarks from an interview in 1965,”The way I sing my songs leads the listener into a place of introspection, a state of mind that can trigger self-healing and the kind of profound rest you cannot get from sleep alone.” I understand. It’s also why I garden. And create art. Listen for it!
Another quote from Donovan sounds lifted from today. “In the 1960s I was convinced that the world was extremely mentally ill,” he says. “No question about it: two world wars, a depression, and now the possibility of destroying the planet with nuclear bombs.” Sound familiar? I love his song. Catch the Wind.