Favorite Plant Lately (Hardly A Surprise) And Finished Project (Mostly)


 Hardly a surprise that Sweet Peas have been the favorite lately.  I gave some to a normally reserved and level-headed neighbor which prompted her to give me an impulsive hug and reminisce about her childhood memories of Sweet Peas.  Can there be a more delightful plant?  People beam when they see them, and think of childhood memories.  Children beam and reach and find joy in the fragrance and color.  The more Sweet Pea flowers you pick and give away, the more you have to pick and give away.
Not much of a garden display, they being mostly picked:
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Yesterday, picking became more difficult because someone decided to chew up the scissors!  
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Who is the guilty one?  Who?
"Not me!"  "Not me!  And you didn't let me finish!"
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 Oh well.  At least there is the satisfaction of having failed at Sweet Peas several times in previous years, and finally finding success.  Sweet! 

Satisfaction also in actually completing a slope project yesterday.  There are several slope projects unfinished.  I've been struggling with them for a couple of years now with no solution yet.  I keep trying to find the way through a maze of decisions and actions, and keep reaching dead ends.  This smaller effort, yielding results, renews hope for the others.  

The steep area on the east side of the house had one of the recently removed Dodoneas and an Abelia too large for the area.  They were difficult to access and care for.  I added some blocks to make a stairway and a small wall to give a new plant more root room, and for a maintainer to maintain while safely standing on flat ground.
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Nice flat space for planting.  I also fixed the drip irrigation.
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A new Metrosideros 'Springfire' and mulch.
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Try, try, try again, until it's right*.
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*Not including scissor-chewing. 

Comments

  1. Sweetpeas already...Sigh. Kudos on your success, and for trying over.

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    1. I think I will try over a little more, but what could be as good as Sweet Peas?

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  2. I love sweet peas too. We had some last year, but not this year. I wonder if it's too late to sow some?

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    1. Well there is always next year...though a packet of seeds isn't that costly...

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  3. I suppose it's lucky that your cute doggies didn't chew the other end of the scissors! In the UK I think it's far too early for sweet peas! Too rainy and cold.

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    1. When I took the scissors away from Boris the blades were wide open with one pointed directly at one of his eyes and about 2 cm away from it. I think those puppies must have their own personal guardian angels.

      Rainy and cold. Sounds wonderful to me. I'm tired of having July in February.

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  4. I can almost smell the sweet peas...and that's good, because we won't have ours for a couple of months yet. That slope was quite a challenge. I'd be proud of conquering it. But I must say, you need to find a less tasty brand of scissors.

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    1. Next time I'll have to taste the scissors before purchase!

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  5. Love the sweet peas and can't wait for mine to catch up. I can't imagine what scissor handles do to the puppies' digestive systems...

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    1. They came out the other end without incident, thank goodness! Just another day with Boris and Natasha.

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  6. You have already sweet peas.........I have just sown them, of course my very favourite annual cutting flowers. These scissor sewing puppies are most adorable.

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    1. You will have flowers long after mine have dried up.

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  7. My OH is a big sweet pea fan, she has already starting staking her claim to some space in the new garden for them. Those puppies do seem to have a knack for lucky escapes

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    1. Keeping OH happy with sweet peas will increase tolerance for spiky plants. :)

      I hope the puppy luck holds!

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  8. Delightful sweet peas, they are such lovely flowers and they do bring back many memories for me. It is always nice to share flowers and bring a little happiness into someone's day.
    A beautiful photo of Boris and Natasha, such sweet faces, they both look so innocent, it's hard to believe they chewed up scissor handles.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Sharing is a wonderful part of gardening.

      The more innocent B&N look, the worse things they have probably done.

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