Just in case anybody was wondering, I'm still alive and kicking! *HA* Just utterly and entirely swamped with editing work. I know this sounds like nothing at all to most people, but I got great news today: I don't have to change punctuation from British style to US style in the 2nd of the big projects. Praise Jea-Sus, Hear Lord! Hallelujah! That cuts HOURS of work off this book, so I might be able to finish it up today and send it out. Then it's just finishing up the last few chapters of the "dying kids" book and that monster will be outta here.
I did manage to get out in the garden for a few hours yesterday early morning. I finally FINALLY got the Pot Corral planted and tidied and in good order. I even put up fairy lights and put a little solar fountain in the big plastic tub that holds my water plants. Once everything gets really growing and blooming, I think it will look nice. Right now it's a little sparse, but the "bones" are there.
This morning, I gave myself one hour 7 to 8 a.m. to get the Rose Border deadheaded and tidied up. Pulled out the finished fleabane, deadheaded the roses, did a very little weeding (that border is so dense now there aren't many weeds; that will probly change later in the summer as things open up. Looks nice, not as spectacular as a few weeks ago when the peonies and iris were in full bloom, but still good. My roses look better than they ever have before. I don't like using chemicals but I have to say, whatever that Bayer Rose stuff is, it works. I gave each rose bush a dose back in early April and it's amazing. HUGE growth, loads of flowers, and BIG flowers too. No sign of blackspot. I think I need to repeat the dose once more in the summer; will have to check.
This evening if I can manage it, I need to get out the stinky deer repellant and give everything a once over. That really does seem to work pretty well. I doubt it would deter really starving deer, but the well-fed buggers around here take one sniff and pass on.
The garden needs its gardener, there's no doubt of that, and hopefully by this time next week I'll be able to devote more time to gardening and other pursuits. For the first time that I can remember, though, I look around and think "it's good, there's nothing I need to change" in most parts of the garden. This means I'll have time to concentrate on the newer areas that I'm developing and I really look forward to (hopefully) making a little progress there.
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