Hello everyone; yes, once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “Another Busy Day” and “Yet Another Busy Day”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in an exceptionally noble, pure-bred pose.You may wonder what it is that we do every day, in order to enable us to bring you these gripping posts. The truth is that the guy I live with is an extremely busy person, and relies on me to supervise. I don’t always need to be awake to do that, which, you must admit, is in itself quite remarkable.
Just to give you an example, take today. The guy I live with spent several hours root watering. Though I suppose there are other ways to do this, he uses what’s called a root waterer to do this. With the water turned on just a tiny bit, the root waterer is stuck in the ground, making sure it doesn’t get plugged up, and the water is left on for a while.
So that he doesn’t forget and leave the water running for hours, he writes “root watering” on a piece of paper to remind him of what he’s doing.
Today he forgot to look at the piece of paper and left the water running for hours.
He also spent some time rooting cactus. This is a cactus being rooted. There are actually four in the picture there. It can take up to a month and a half of diligently rooting them for roots to form.
In the same room–on the same table even–he also grows plants with weird, sometimes smelly, flowers.
Every now and then, he walks around the garden to see if anything is happening. I do this, too, but I’m less interested in what’s happening than in just walking around.
There was a Sternbergia lutea in flower. At one time, there was a big patch of these, but they disappeared “mysteriously”, like a lot of other bulbs. There are, or were (we’re not certain) other sternbergias in the garden, too. Oh, and I’m supposed to say that what looks like a lot of bindweed is really an extra-rare convolvulus from Tajikistan. (Yes, I know I said the last one was from Kyrgyzstan; well, this one isn’t from there. Or so he says to say.)
It’s covering Lonicera olgae, a dwarf honeysuckle from around the same place as the extra-rare convolvulus. And then there was a lot of pod-raking. It seems to me that he rakes up pods almost every day. Why not just wait until all the pods are down and then rake them up? The guy I live with says gardeners don’t do that.
There is a reason why pods are falling from the honey locust.That’s about it. I hope you didn’t get too exhausted following our busy day. The guy I live with says that tomorrow might even be busier. I can hardly wait.
Until next time, then.