Who Left Their Intestines Behind My Pittosporum?

Behind that:
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 Checking on the recently planted Pittosporum 'Silver Queen' (or 'Ivory Sheen'?),  I nearly stepped on a small pile of intestines.  No, I didn't take a photo.  You're welcome.  I hope the viscera belonged to the creature doing unauthorized trimming of new rose basals. 
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Which was probably the same creature eating a lot of the leaves off the Geranium madeirense.
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Special thanks to whatever killed it, but next time please take the viscera with you, okay? 

Speaking of Pitts, I got a new one, touted by Monrovia as the new holy grail for tall, narrow, dense  screens.  This one is called 'Tasman Ruffles' and it does look like it will dense up.  
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Mostly the day was taken up by unpleasant garden duties.  Certainly I can say, to paraphrase fishing enthusiasts, that the worst day gardening is better than the best day working,  but I loathe fixing irrigation pipes I've accidentally broken due to digging up Cercis seedlings.  Though, to quote another tired saying, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  I am becoming a stronger irrigation installer.  
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I've learned what I need to fix a pipe due to plenty of practice.  A bucket to put the dug-up dirt in.  A rag to clean the pipe of mud.  A yogurt cup to scoop muddy water out of the hole.  The glue, the pieces to fix the pipe, the pipe cutter.  A few tissues to dry the tears of frustration. 
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Final glue complete!
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Tested for leaks, and we're back in business.
Another gardening activity I loathe is digging up plants.  I thought I would have to dig up and discard one of the Marieana sedfolia because the puppies were jumping up and "pruning" it for me until it looked dreadful.  I avoided dealing with the problem so long I discovered the Marieana sprouts new growth even from old, hard, bare wood.  No need to dig it up.  Cool!  
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I also loathe thinning out seedlings.  I feel so bad throwing those tiny little newborn lives into the compost. Photobucket
While I don't love, but don't mind, picking tomatoes (the first one of the year is almost ripe!)... 
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... I love picking blueberries.  Yum!  My protecto-cylinder to keep the birds off is working great.
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 The lizards couldn't care less, 
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...but Cuddles likes blueberries, too.  And suddenly the garden was fun again. 
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Comments

  1. A RIPE tomato?

    I agree about how hard it is to throw seedlings away, so I put basil thinnings (minus the root) in a salad. Might other seedlings work that way too?

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