Monday. It was one of those days, in the garden at least.
I went out brightly to cut flowers for my Monday vase, took a good look at the Central Bed, and changed my plans. Patching things up took priority.
There have been rabbits in and around the garden for many months, and I've been pretty sure they were raising some broods directly in the garden - underneath my enormous, magnificent Gaura, to be precise. BettyTheDog had decided to take care of this problem the day before, but I hadn't realized it immediately. Once I did, it was time to see what could be salvaged.
It looks like the plant as a whole will be all right. There was a lot of trimming off of broken branches, and a lot of shovelling dirt and compost back in around the exposed roots. This is the "after" picture; I was in no state to take a picture before I began!
I'm sure no one will be surprised that I was quite upset at poor Betty. As the day wore on, however, I came to the conclusion that, though she had certainly done more damage in an hour than the rabbits could have done in days, still they had done quite a bit over the last year and would be better living somewhere other than the garden!
This morning, my views on the subject were a bit shaken by finding myself filling in a large hole under the rosemary hedge...
But in this case, I believe the rabbits themselves took some of that soil from around the roots, given that it was piled up in a spot I don't think Betty could have put it into. The rosemary has now been put to rights as well. I am getting a bit tired of this!
Meantime, clippers in hand from the Gaura episode, it seemed a good time to do some long-anticipated trimming.
So I did quite a bit of pruning on Monday, and I had made plans to use the clippings in a vase. But I was tired by the time I brought them in, which led to my carelessly swiping them across a glass container in the living room. I think that is the biggest mess of broken glass I've ever created in my life. Suffice to say, a vase was eventually made up with some of the clippings, but I was too tired to photograph it!
On to Tuesday in hopes it might be a bit better...
Actually it was, despite discovering the damage to the rosemary. Still in a pruning mood, I finally cut back Muhlenbergia capillaris "Regal Mist" in the South Border. This changes the Tuesday View quite a bit! Above, the border this morning. Below, this afternoon after clipping the grass.
The weather has grown warm enough to make a little drinking water necessary while gardening. So my jug came out to the garden for the first time this year.
Here are a few highlights from the South Border now.
Self-sown seedlings that have been growing in the Muhly Grass's shade now have plenty of sunlight.
Salvia "Summer Jewels" will also be grateful. Mixed in with the little Salvia are leaves of Narcissus canaliculatus, which has adamantly refused to bloom in this garden. Leaves, yes; flowers, no.
The unending beauty of the lavender miniature rose...
...and similarly constant bloom from Eremophila hygrophana...
...along with the rare treat of rosemary in bloom.
Only in a desert garden: oregano growing densely in "full" shade under and between shrubs.
First buds on Ozothamnus diosmifolius at the very top of the border.
As you have been kind and listened to my sad tales today, here are some more cheerful beauties from elsewhere in the garden.
Narcissus tazetta noID, just opening its first blooms.
The very last rose of winter from The Alnwick Rose. After this, new blooms will be spring roses!
I've been doing other things with the clippers too, such as pruning the shrub roses. Here is St. Swithun. I love the look of a freshly pruned rose cane with red tips just breaking for new growth.
Here is another shot of the untameable Acacia salicina, still with a few blooms on it, against a yellow background of Senna nemophila.
So there is Monday and Tuesday - no vase, but I did manage a Tuesday View and will link it with Cathy's Words and Herbs. I still need to catch up on her blog and others, as well as with comments on my last post here. Hopefully tomorrow... It's been a busy week so far!
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 71 F (22 C)/Low: 47 F (8 C); Humidity: 43%-90%