The last few days I’ve been fighting daylight to try to get through the many projects I have planned for the garden. Instead of making leaps and bounds of progress, it took me two days to clean up the raised beds and cut back all of the ornamental grasses. I have a nice blister at the base of my thumb from the pruners, even though I wore gloves.
It’s a pretty sad picture out there right now, since so much of the “bones” of my garden rely on the foilage of the ornamental grasses, and with those gone, everything seems boring and a bit unbalanced. I’m thinking that next fall I need to put in a whole bunch of oxalis and spring-blooming bulbs so that this whole cutting-back routine isn’t quite so depressing.
In other non-depressing news, I finally caved and bought this ornamental stone head that I’ve been admiring for over a year. I love it:
I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that the succulents root and fill in without any problems. The planting pocket on the top of the head was smaller than I thought. Either way, I love how this stone face catches the light.
And for comparison purposes, last February. In retrospect, I really could not have gotten any luckier than starting my garden when I did. I don’t think I even watered until October!
Tomorrow’s plan…exciting trench-digging. It’s time to de-uglify the other side yard.