Friday, July 6, 2012
I decided to find someone to install the UV instead of doing it myself. I'll watch carefully and learn, and hopefully gain enough confidence to be able to make changes myself in the future. I don't want to take the chance of killing a fully mature filter in the heat of summer via delays and mistakes. If you are not familiar with pond filters, a "fully mature filter" doesn't mean one that is old enough to vote. It means one that has developed a good colony of beneficial bacteria that can absorb ammonia and nitrites, two substances that are toxic to koi. It can take weeks or months for a filter to mature. Killing a filter means dealing with a lot of problems until it comes back to life, which I want to avoid. Tuesday is the big day for the installation.
So, that's all rather dull, and I should redeem this post with some beauty shots, but I haven't had much of an opportunity to take photos because I was so busy gardening--catching up on all the stuff that fell by the wayside while I got the Cercis trees out and thought about the UV. There was lots of deadheading to attend to, and puppy training...
He wants to be alone with Wilson:
Then there was some senior dog care...
Cuddles and Daisies:
These Trader Joe Peonies are lovely, but not from the garden, unfortunately:
'Ernest Markham' finally bloomed...
...and I noticed the Camellia I hacked to the ground during the Brugmansia removal has sprung back from the stump.
With the UV soon to be completed, the next big big project is the west slope. This spring I dug out most of what was there, and now it's empty, mulched, and ready to be beautified come cooler weather in fall. Summer is for planning and staying in the shade.
I'm not planning to move the Yuccas or the Agave americana medio-picta alba 'Aurea'. They are big.
A bit of random this-and-that. The Citrus trees stay.
The area is 90 feet long and 18 feet wide. And I thought the Cercis tree removal was a big project. And there's a gazillion tomatoes. Gardening is really interfering with garden blogging.