I am determined that there will be a period of years when the ridge top garden next door will be properly edited and as manicured as a wild cultivated garden can be. I want the magic that lives in this garden to shine.
I have certainly been making progress over the last eight years. Routine maintenance chores that had not been getting done are more likely to happen now.
The dead are removed. The fallen gets picked up. I have even made some executive decisions and eliminated some things I don't like such as wild rose, some barberry, a bittersweet vine and now the Silver Lamium.
Bulbarella follows behind filling in the space I clear. The garden is getting fuller with cultivated things.
My goal this year is to get ahead of the annual crop of weeds so that the garden looks tended for the entire season. It is quite possible the ridge top garden next door is very very close to a level of manicured that will satisfy my maintenance gardener self.
We shall see. I had a full day of editing. It is much easier to feel satisfied before the Lush explodes.
I did get my inversion last night. It was twenty eight when I woke up. The freezing was kept to a minimum. That is much better than twenty two. The cold damage didn't look much worse than it did yesterday. All the Japanese Maples looked pretty good and they are wimps when it comes to late freezes.
Can you believe I try to maintain three acres of wild ground in my spare time? Expanding the gardens would be insane. That's why I need to do it now before my decrepitude ensues.