Sunset Road

We worked in the yard most of the afternoon today. About 30 minutes before sunset we starting hauling the weeds we’d pulled, dug and hoed over to the driveway and putting them in the low spots. Every time I dumped a load of weeds I noticed the hazy light at the top of the road was becoming more and more interesting. I finally left the empty wheelbarrow and pitchfork by a pile of weeds and photographed the sunset on the road.

At one point when Laurie went inside to get something, Stretch was being a bonsai and struck a wonderful pose for her. When I brought the camera back in from photographing the road, I noticed the little bit of sunshine still making it through the window was shining on a couple of the pink Peony in the new arrangement Laurie made and that it left a nice reflection it the window. I finally made it back outside to finish hauling the remaining piles of weeds, but with so many photo ops constantly presenting themselves to us, it’s amazing how much yard work we got done today.

I checked the irrigation ditch after the sun went down to see if by chance there was water. I figured I’d irrigate tonight and save myself getting up a 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning to irrigate. Alas, someone already had the gate down, and the ditch was only 1/4 full. I hope whoever is using it up north finishes and releases the water by the wee hours of the morning.

We’ve put 10 new roses in what we call the “Circle Garden”, replacing roses that had died. I’m starting to overhaul the drip system, I cut all the dead canes out of the rose bushes, and we have all the weeds out of the area outside the circle garden ready for new cardboard and mulch. ¬†We recycle cardboard by laying it on the ground and then spreading about 2 to 3 inches of mulch on top of the cardboard. The cardboard eventually composts, but until in does it helps keep the weeds from growing in the mulch.