Hurray, I cut down the hamelia paten monster, and some rose canes too. Still have more rose canes to cut, but I had done enough today and my body was saying it’s time to stop. I’m not all that tired or sore, but I was starting to drag and it was time for a shower and lunch time so I quit for the day. After lunch I took a little nap.
Here is the before:
When I pulled the last of the hamelia paten off the awning I felt so happy and I could just hear Mark saying Atta Girl once again.
I plant to put purple flowering garlic vine on one side of the entry way to my shed, and blue sky vine on the other, also another flowering vine.
The next photos are of the cuttings. I filled two bags as I cut up the small stuff with my hand clippers. This is all picked up by the county and turned into free mulch for residents. I’ve got another bag going and will probably have one or two more by the time I’m finished with this project. Not very interesting, but it’s all part of gardening.
These are mostly rose canes.
Look at the size of these branches. I’ve got to cut them back further than they are, I had just done enough for one morning. My hand was/is sore from clipping everything smaller into bags.
This is bougainvillea and Louis Philippe ‘Florida Cracker Rose’ that I’m going to cut way back too, and take down that little lattice arch that has collapsed. That will be next. I may put an awning there, not sure yet. Can I put up an awning by myself? Time will tell. I’ll have to see if we’ve one in our stash that will fit. I’m just not crazy going back to the area along our back fence as that mean pit bull gets crazy and slams into the fencing whenever anyone is on the border, scaring the you know what out of me and makes my heart pound like the dickens.
Ok, it’s time for me to start supper, a chicken dish of some sort, I haven’t figured it out yet.
Thanks again for all of your support at this time, and for letting me talk about Mark, my grief over losing him, and continuing on my journey without him. It is 5 weeks today.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal
and give strength to body and soul.