Life is a garden: the cultivation of windows

Last weekend, Mimi and I decided that if the stars align, we’ll be ready for Sunday Sunday. At least they are funded in our world. We’ve been running pretty crazy schedules over the last few weeks. I rush out of here before the sun rises to get into the greenhouse excited to see how the kids are doing. Neither of us came home until dark. We both realized that it’s been weeks since we’ve been to the farthest corners of the yard. It looked passable from the kitchen window; we call it window cultivation. We saw lots of rose flowers and golden marsh sunflowers. The grapevines make a great show, and our ornamental grass plumes. We could pass the 50mph test, but I suspected that on closer inspection, a lot would need love.

We started the day with our Sunday tradition, rolls and French coffee from the press by the pond. We discussed our game plan. The weather for sleeping in the yurt is already on us, so placing the yurt will be a priority. We have become good at setting up the yurt, arranging it and decorating it. We were done with it in less than two hours. Taking everything out of storage took longer than actually putting it all together. Once the yurt is raised and tightly secured, we put a jute carpet floor over it, which has been cut in a circle so that the rubber floor is covered with something that will feel good on our toots during the winter months. Then we put in a king size bed with bedside tables, a table with our coffee fixtures and a few coffee chairs for those mornings we spend longer. We have solar lamps to illuminate the interior at night. Barney has her own bed and blanket in the yurt and gets excited about us when the yurt is overnight.

We sleep there most nights, unless it’s too warm or below 38 degrees. My little heater keeps him like a worm in the rug on those cooler nights. We love spending evenings there together, and it’s a good way to avoid the tit tube and the rhetoric that comes with it. It’s nice to remind you that real life is still going on in our little world that we have created. It is nice to hear the night sounds and feel the night air when it goes to sleep.

Once we had a second home and were ready to go to work, we knew we were heading towards an area of ​​our backyard that needed attention. We like when our youpon trees are trimmed to show their white trunks, very striking with their evergreen leaves, and are covered in berries that are already trying to turn red. I have noticed that our pyracantha berries are already quite red. It amazes me that the berries stay red long after Christmas until the birds attack them at some point in January.

I had to chainsaw a pencil juniper that was 12 feet tall. It started to resist very much when it was raining this summer. I tried to straighten it out by betting again about a month ago. I heard some roots make a tearing noise as I twisted it into place, crossed my fingers to keep it all right. I don’t think I crossed my right fingers. It stuck out like a sore thumb and was right in the middle of our favorite sight when growing windows. I don’t think we are replacing this as the view behind it has matured so well we want to see more of this area. The area is full of salmon-colored drifting roses, supported by spotlight hydrangeas and giant magnolia trees. Pruning used flowers from all our headlights made the area look neater from a distance.

We have areas of Tropicanna Canna Lilies, around the pond, near our stone steps, and a few patches down the hill which were gorgeous this year with striped leaves and fire salmon blooming all summer long. They were tired and having fun. The brown tops became noticeable from the window. They took our dark green iris leaves, which I consider a miracle plant. I took a few cannas to the ground and some halfway as their leaves keep hitting.

We weeded the beds and thinned a few swamp sunflowers that had fallen on our paths. We put the vegetable garden back into shape. The weeds there are embarrassingly out of control. I was mentally ready to go for it, but when I got home a little late for dinner, Mimi and I invited both of our moms, walked around my backyard, and was in my weed-overgrown garden. I put this task higher on my priority list. Nobody wants mother and mother-in-law to see their garden in such a disorder.

The garden is now ready for planting, needed by any means. We are not sure what we will be growing there this winter. I know I’ll start with a few carrot planting boxes and imagine we’ll have all kinds of leafy stuff like bok choy, lettuce and maybe some broccoli. I usually mix with late winter / early spring bloomers such as foxgloves, delphiniums, and clicker dragons. I use these for cut flowers in March and April. I also use them to cover flower beds to keep weeds away and not to plant our summer garden too early. Around the time they poop, it’s time to clean it up and start your summer garden.

The least favorite part of the whirlwind making up our backyard is collecting all the debris that was piled up in the places where we worked. Fortunately, we have a tipper on our golf cart, so we made several trips with the golf cart loaded over capacity. We have a gorge that has been landfills containing all kinds of organic matter for years. We found very interesting seedlings of long forgotten things there.

By the time we got through the clear stage, we were still in pretty good shape to get into the R&R Sunday Funday mode. We thought we were going to record the Saints game, prepared a few small fillets and our outside TV viewing area looked inviting. All we had to do was wash up, light the grill and relax. We were glad we were able to watch the recorded match without the commercials, I have found that I can’t stand all the commercials, it seems there are much more than football games.

The backyard looked great especially from our favorite window cultivation window. It made us feel good to feel forward again and we wouldn’t be too embarrassed to see our moms or anyone else walking in our yard. We had the perfect temperature for sleeping our first night in a yurt, around 50 degrees. We’ve been staying there every night since Barney got excited to crawl into his little bed and snore.

We are officially ready to start planting our fall plants and watch the color show that has already begun. Time to start shopping at Mississippi garden centers to escape in your backyard on your own. These months ahead are the best months for us to go outside and move around. Hope you are well and everything looks great from your window.


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