Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “Under Construction”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose.There’s been some gardening going on, but not a whole lot. A few crocuses are flowering. The guy I live with went to a “box store” to get an extension for the gutter downspout and found some hollies on sale, fifty percent off, so he bought them, to put in a space which had been empty for over a year. I kind of liked the empty space, but the hollies look okay there.
They might even survive. They’re protected from our hot winter sun by the fence. In theory.This isn’t really the climate for hollies, or many other broad-leafed evergreens, but the guy I live with said you never know, and I guess you don’t, so there they are. It’s true that other hollies have been planted here in the past, and are no longer here, but that’s never stopped him from trying again. Especially at fifty percent off.
Getting a discount was nice. I bet you didn’t know that the guy I live with is, in fact, an ordinary gardener just like everyone else, and has always paid retail price for the plants that go into the garden. This is why, sometimes, he gets irked when people say such-and-such a plant will grow in “dry soil” when in truth it needs lots of water. He won’t talk about the amount of money spent on dead plants.
Occasionally friends send plants, or seeds, but, basically, the guy I live with goes to nurseries, or orders plants through the mail.
The really big news here, and I guess it’s created kind of a crisis, is that the guy I live with, who as you may know has decided to paint the house again, is considering painting the house a sort of brown, I think. He’s studying colors and thinking a lot about this. So it will be a house of a different color.
Well, so, that news is out of the way.
He caught it, eventually, and put it outside. That was a huge relief. I do like the way I make multiple shadows.
The only other thing that happened–actually it happens almost every evening now–is that we’re beginning to get some excellent sunsets. I wanted to share these with you. The first thing that happens is the back yard turns all reddish.And then…
That’s it for today. I know this is a short post but I did want to show the sunset pictures. The guy I live with said that there were a whole bunch of snowdrops up, already, and he thought that was pretty exciting. We do like the break from gardening that winter offers, though it isn’t as much of a break as you might think, considering all the things that go on here. I suppose if we lived in a climate where you could garden year-round he would like it, at least at first, and then probably start complaining about how much work it all was.
Until next time, then.