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:
Yesterday, picking became more difficult because someone decided to chew up the scissors!
Who is the guilty one? Who?
"Not me!" "Not me! And you didn't let me finish!"
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.
Nice flat space for planting. I also fixed the drip irrigation.
A new Metrosideros 'Springfire' and mulch.
Try, try, try again, until it's right*.
*Not including scissor-chewing.