Saturday, July 2, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I have officially moved into the cozy cabin....again. This time the paper clutter of day to day living was brought over. Tomorrow I may bring over my clothes when I figure out how to deal with them without a closet.

I can already tell that being closer gives me much more valuable puttering time in the garden to be and I won't have to steal time to visit the roadside vegetable garden.

A lot of puttering needs to get done to turn my sunny utility hillsides into the low mounding waves of texture and color that I envision.

It will happen eventually because there is some odd gravitational force around me that attracts plants. Then I need to find good homes for them out there in all that lush when they follow me home.

I coaxed a Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' home a few days ago. I was looking for a specimen focal point in some of my evergreen winter screening. I was also looking for a good nudge to get me to get rid of the rubbish pile where the Nootka Cypress needs to be planted.

Bulbarella sent me home with a hosta division. In some small way it might be said I am slowing her continuous expansion by receiving a share of her regular divide and spread operations. Then again I might just be a tool in her bigger and grander schemes.

I have moved into Hale Mana....again, but it is still an ongoing work in progress. There is still a list of processes that need attending to. Perhaps that can move along a little faster now that I am closer. Work kind work is taking up most of my days now. Puttering will become invaluable. A certain basement patio ceiling needs a coat of some Haint Blue.

There is a lot of lush out there and that has been the case every year so far. The lush has gotten away from me....again, while I was busy with other things. It is now shoulder high in places with a thick crop of New England Aster and Goldenrod. It will look great come late summer into fall and the chances of me changing that before then are remote. So be it. I can handle.

I'll just weed around the good things I have planted to give them some sunlight and a fighting chance out there in the lush.


Lola said...

Well "Welcome Home". It has been a bit of a roller coaster but things will settle down to a routine.
You will find that you have more time to putter. I think we all need to putter to a great degree.
The wild looks good to me. Uncle Ernie sure has his hands full. Those sunflowers are making it a wee bit hard for him to see all. They are getting rather tall.
Have you harvested anything more than strawberries, lettuce?
Have a marvelous 4th.

Anonymous said...

I drove by Hale Mana this past week on a trip with Grandsons to Maggie Valley. I was not looking for it, but the rail fence and the beautiful flowers were recognized immediately and then I saw the beautiful cozy cabin. Yes, I know why people stop and take pictures. Then I took a wrong turn, I think, and wound up close to Max Patch, which is only about 10 miles, but an hours drive, from my house. We were going to Ghost Town, but it was closed, so miniature golf and rock shops made a great day!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Welcome home. A new routine will kick in and i bet you find all sorts of time to putter. Happy 4th of July.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola I have been harvesting Sugar snap peas for a while. The yellow squash are starting to come in and the first taters were dug.

Dianne, Ghost Town has ongoing troubles and is for sale again. Hale Mana has certainly gotten enough exposure to be recognizable. I've seen Uncle Ernie on a geo-caching site. Next time you drive by, stop and say hello if you see me out there.

Lisa it has been a long road to Welcome Home. This summer and fall should make life here routine.

chuck b. said...

I'm really excited about Haint Blue! I want to do that in my home too.

Siria said...

Happy FIRST 4th of July in your new home Christopher! ~ The first of many more to come. You'll have time to get everything just the way you want it ... all in due time. I love the color of those pink lilies on your wall below the house.