What's down the Garden Path
A daily record of the garden
Friday, July 24, 2009
July 224th, 2009
A while since there has been any record of garden doings, - not because the garden has been neglected. There are still great heaping wheelbarrow loads of detritus, discards and deadheads headed for the compost heap to finish out their lives making wonderful rich earth for future gardens. Eeeeh - isn't it that way for all of us, - more or less...
Waiting for the Shasta daisies to show new buds.
The delphinium are springing up with fresh green leaves, planning on an autumn show.
Over at the back of the garden the bee balm is looking rather sad and shaggy, but the barn flower is in full bloom.
Charles helped me contain it and stake it, so that it won't cover all the surrounding plants with its graceful golden flowers. I put a vase of them on the verandah when we had company for lunch the other day and they looked warm and welcoming.
A wonderful rain on Thursday, - accompanied by thunder and lightning which played havoc with the telephone system in the house.
Nevertheless, today the grasshoppers were out frolicking in the heat of the afternoon. Charles says there is a bait for them, and I will have to go to the farm supply store tomorrow and research it, otherwise the poor plants will go into the fall all tattered and torn and eaten out by grasshoppers (locusts?)
Here is a lovely fragrant rose, new to the garden, - 'Perfume Delight'.
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden."
For I am fugitive, I am very fugitive -
Those that come after me will gather these roses, And watch, as I do now, the white wisteria burst, in the sunshines, from its pale green sheath.
Planned. Planted. Established. Then neglected, Till at last the loiterer by the gate will wonder At the old, old cottage, the old wooden cottage, And say, 'One might build here, the view is glorious; This must have been a pretty garden once.' -Mary Ursula Bethell, Time, 1929
We lived at the back of our son's horse pasture and had a wonderful view of the Similkameen Valley. Then we
moved to town, and although we still lived in the same beautiful valley we saw it from a different perspective, and sometimes telephone wires get in the way.
Hildred writes Daybyday,
Charles wrote From the Back Pasture. He was writing at great urging from the family to record some of the stories of his life and his family memories.
We had reached the point in our lives where we had time to appreciate the beauty of each day and were happy we had the energy to enjoy it. In 2012 we celebrated our 67th wedding anniversary, but then I lost my darling husband when he fell and broke his hip, and did not recover from the resulting surgery. Life has changed for me considerably......
Off to the side - a Garden Diary to keep track of what happens Down the Garden Path.
And a Recollection Blog, to keep alive the memories of our families.