Mulch Madness

Mulch Madness is done for the year.  No more aching everything, and no more lame puns on the word "mulch".  After mulching this area:
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and..
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and...
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and...
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and...(gotta do something about that lawn)
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and...(the fall project is getting there, might be done by spring)
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and...(this slope was a killer.  I had to climb up and down an extension ladder all day)
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and..(here I finally made those stones level instead of sloping while I was at it.  Much better)
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and...(I need to put that tower back straight this time)
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and...(pots all over, what a mess)
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and...
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and...the phoebe was back on his block again...
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and...(stairs to go up and down)
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and...
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and...(I finished up 'Abraham Darby'.  I always leave Abe for last)
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and...it was getting dark.  I noticed many little things I would have missed if not for going through every square inch of the garden mulching-tossing. Like finding the tip of a hydrangea branch (lower arrow) had rooted, forming a baby plant with two strong new stems (upper arrow)...
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And discovering that the single seed I got last year from Aloe gariepensis has germinated and formed a tiny plant:
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I remember well standing on the slope looking at the seed last year, wondering if I should just toss the seed in the compost and not make the effort to keep a tiny pot moist long enough to germinate a seed and then grow a tiny plant.  I just didn't have time to nurture a seed.  Seemed a shame not to give it a chance, though.  So I stuck the seed under a Calocephalus on the slope, where it would be a little moist and a little protected, and when I mulched this year and lifted the edge of the Calocephalus, there was a tiny Aloe plant!  


This slope wasn't too hard.  I stood at the top and threw mulch down.  Digging out the rest of the sprouting Baccharis stems was the hard part:
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Today, the last day, I started in the morning when the leaves were dewy.
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Not much mulch left, but raking and trimming and sweeping took time, and I was slow because I've been doing this almost all day almost every day since last Wednesday...
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Of course I had to stop and get a picture of Aloe marlothii...
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and finally, finally as the sun went down at around 5:30 in the afternoon,  I was done.  
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Mulch Madness 2012 is complete.  I could use about two more yards--I didn't cover every spot.  But not this year.  Enough with Mulch Madness.  A hot bath awaits.





Comments

  1. Serious congratulations! I've never mulched all of my beds at one time like that -- not that I'm against it in principle, but it just seems like so much work! You've confirmed that for me!

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  2. You have done very well dear Hoover, the garden looks wonderful.
    It is always great to find that new plants have sprouted, I have many here courtesy of the birds.
    I hope you had a nice relaxing soak in the bath.
    xoxoxo ♡

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  3. @Alan, yes, it was tough!

    @dianne, thanks! The bath made it all better.

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  4. Mulching en masse is one good reason baths will never be completely eliminated from the American home. That's excellent work, Hoov!

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  5. It looks so neat and crisp. What a wonderful sight it must be the next morning as you sip your coffee and walk around.

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