Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Under Garden Waits

Each rain, each freeze, each roaring wind thins the Tall Flower Meadow closer to a sparse collection of standing stems. I've been trying to wait for a solid crushing snow before chopping most of it down.

But Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I stayed home and practiced being retired and old. Sitting still is still not something I do well. That means I wandered around and fondled the Under Garden, clearing around individual evergreen components of the undulating tapestry of texture and color that will take me through the winter.

I tried to be clearly visible while doing so. From Thanksgiving through Saturday night it was a mad house on the scenic byway with deer hunters swirling around as thick as ladybugs coming in for the winter roost. Today was the first relatively quiet day since the season opened.

I witnessed one drive by shooting. At least the a-hole was shooting away from my house.

The urge to go ahead and chop it all down was there, but the need to practice being old and retired was stronger. I've had both of my eyeballs sliced open and all my teeth ripped out in this, my 60th year. I deserve to rest, recuperate and ponder a bit. I am weary. A fear of getting shot helped keep me close to the house too.

The Under Garden waits for the right day and time. It will come. I would still like some real snow first. There is no rush. The meadow dries mighty fine on its own.


beverly said...

I love your undergarden idea and have been copying it a bit. So the conifers don't lose needles or turn brown where overshadowed by the tall perennials? Teach me how that works.

Christopher C. NC said...

Skylights. I make sure the herbaceous perennials don't cover and smother the evergreens and that there is a decent opening above them all season. That is easily done with about two rounds of editing. One in late May as thing really start growing to get anything close, 6", to them I know will get tall and again in late June early July to make sure the skylights are good. After that it is more random as I wander the garden

I do the same thing for any small plant, evergreen or not, I add to the meadows. A little elbow room and a skylight are critical to getting a plant to survive in the Lush.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Lordy, I would wrap myself in orange if I ventured out into your garden this time of year. Your property is perfect for those lovely deer. You sure can't count on everyone shooting away from your house.