Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I Have Not Fallen

But those last three pieces, I think, of siding needed for the back wall are a bit sketchy with the ladder I have. It's not tall enough. Maybe if I duct tape the two ladders together. Ha ha.

Something pretty would be likely to grow where the carcass landed if that should happen. Compost happens. Not.

I think this is my favorite of the Goldenrods, Solidago roanensis, Roan Mountain Goldenrod. I like its more compact and shorter habit that keeps it more erect and less likely to flop over in the ongoing wet.

The process of editing my wildness as it turns into a garden will be interesting. So many of the natives have redeeming qualities as landscape plants. They may not be exactly where I will want them, but they are here, free and can be reorganized. The first job will be to remove the thugs, Clematis virginiana, Impatiens pallida and I. capensis so that the layer beneath can show itself and stand a fighting chance at life.


Rose said...

Good luck and be careful! With the beautiful views you have from this vantage point, shown in your last post, no one is going to notice a few weeds in the garden.

Nell Jean said...

I have two suggestions:

1) Get one of those grabber thingies that we old people use for picking up dropped items, slather lots of stuff for outside glueing that comes in a tube on the back of the trim, and slap it up there from your ladder that doesn't quite reach.

2) Rent a bucket truck and hoist yourself up there in the bucket.

Click on my name to see what your predicament reminded me of.

Deborat at Kilbourne Grove said...

It is interesting how most North Americans think of solidago as "weeds", while the English regard it as a desirable garden plant. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Siria said...

Looking Good! I like the bucket truck idea...you can take all your supplies and tools up with you in the bucket. Think of the time it will save you going up and down the ladder. You seem to befriend so many of the workers up there....maybe one of them has a bucket truck you can borrow for the day.

Frances said...

Well thank goodness! The title had me worried that something had happened. I am glad you can think about the garden and plants at the same time as trying to get that last bit of siding on. Multitasking. Love the Solidago, looks like a real nice one. :-)

Les said...

You kind of summed up the essence of gardening. Pulling out the thugs and encouraging the desirables, but one man's thug is another's treasure.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Paleeze don't get the duct tape out. The vision of you sailing head first into the goldenrod is not an image I wish to envision. Can't you justify the scaffolding so that you can finish the tippy top and also paint way up there while you have the scaffolding??.

Lola said...

OMG, breathless. So glad you hadn't taken a tumble into the lower garden.
I go along with the bucket truck idea. All at once unless you have more to do on the lee side of the Cozy Cabin.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you have not fallen, after a lag in posts had me worried!
I can't tell how big that window is from here; any chance of reaching it from there with some sort of jury-rigged grabber thingy??
What ever you do; be careful and just post "still alive" tomorrow if you are too tired! (:


Christopher C. NC said...

Yes there will be scaffolding. I need it for the leeward side as Lola put it. But it won't do me any good above the front porch roof or on the loft wall, though knowing it is there when I am doing the left side of the loft wall will be very very comforting. And yes I will paint while I am up there. Have to caulk the siding/corner trim joints first. I just don't know how it will work on the back kitchen door wall with decks, walls and empty space as the ground.

I'm just trying to do everything that can't be done with the scaffolding before I go rent it.

The other fun thing I discovered while I was up there is that the bats like hanging out under my eaves. If I hear rustling under there I have to be prepared to hang on while a scary bat flies away.

Rose that view in the last post was from the front porch. It has a great view down into the meadow.

Nell Jean, you should understand then from that picture of yours why I have no intention of putting rain gutters on the house that will need cleaning.

Deborat, us Americans are coming around and liking our wildflowers. There are at least three, maybe four species of Solidago up here.

Siria I would still have to go up and down to cut to size every piece of siding. I think scaffolding will be cheaper.

Frances I do more of my multitasking while I am on the ground getting ready to climb back up there again.

Les, I bet my thugs would look lovely in someone else's garden. From a larger perspective of the entire mountain, they are just one small bed, not invasive at all.

Lisa I will get the scaffolding soon.

Bev, I still have a lot of climbing around to do up there. I'll have to post everyday. Usually I do.

chuck b. said...

My one goldenrod totally flops over. I was looking at it today thinking, should it stay or should it go?

Just 3 more pieces?!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my Gosh, now there are bats to contend with? Not as bad as a big paper wasp nest or something that could be hurtful. Take care.

Christopher C. NC said...

Chuck I don't really have that choice here. Pull one goldenrod up and another one grows. Two boards to go now on that back wall. A bit more than that to go on the cabin itself.

Lisa did I forget to mention the small wasp nests I have found in the front and back peaks. I am willing to bet there is a third wasp nest in the middle peak. I's gonna spray before I nail them last boards on.

Siria said...

Hi Christopher! Just catching up after having moved my son back to college. (Now we are truly empty nesters!) A couple of things to mentions ... if you decide you need the rain gutter, don't put them up without installing gutter covers. They work wonders! And as for the wasps, they are a nuisance up there and I haven't figured out a way around them. We have them in the eves, in the ground, under the decks and we also have the wood boring kind. Good luck dealing with them as they are a pain to deal with.