It seems like all I have managed lately has been the Tuesday memory challenges. The more overwhelmed I get, the harder it is to post. I’ve never mastered the short little updates but maybe things will change come November.
The short version.
I’m working the day job. Still. 11 working days left. Which doesn’t sound like many and it isn’t but still, I have to be there and that is hard. I’m not really involved in anything and everyone who is left is working to build the “new” company. I’m very much on the outside which is tough, even though it isn’t a company I want to continue to work for anymore. Sigh.
I’m cramming in all the doctor and dentist appointments I can before my insurance changes and also because we need to use up the flex care reimbursement or else we lose it. Sigh. Which means next week I am having oral surgery. Yuck. But there will be pain pills. Yeah! But the day after the oral surgery when I will loopy on pain pills I have a meeting all about something to do with the layoff and the Trade Adjustment Assistance that I may or may not be able to get help from. I don’t know. Lots of stuff to concentrate on when I will be either in pain or on pain pills. Neither sounds good.
I’m worrying about both my kids. For different reasons. Never-ending sighs.
I’m working with our new dog. Which is wonderful. And time consuming. And exhausting. But wonderful. 🙂
But mostly I am working on the yard. This is the perfect time for planting the native plants. Here are a few pics of what we’ve been doing all day every weekend during daylight hours. When I am home and not planting and not working with the dog I’m researching plants and second and third guessing myself. But that’s okay. We’re having fun.
The backyard corner outside my office as it was when we bought the house.
The same area now. The blue stone patio with woolly thyme in-between the stones. On the left, in the front, is a hazelnut. Back in the corner is a spice bush. The pile of rocks is the base for what will be one of the bird bath boulders. Those are rocks that I have collected from the yard. One by one. It sounds like hard work but I’d rather pick up rock than battle Bermuda grass.
This is the rest of the backyard mostly as it was when we bought it. We took out all the plants at the fence.
This is the yard now, after the planting. (shot from the other end of the yard.) The fence line is planted with toyon, coffeeberry, ceanothus and mountain mahogny, 2 to 3 of each. Lots of good stuff for wildlife. There is space, I hope, against the back of the fence for Cassie to run as she chases the squirrels. Against the house are a pair of Catalina Ironwood. I’m still trying to decide what to do in the open area. For now it will likely be mini bark with some native lawn area. At the far end are a pair of coyote bushes and a pair (yes I am insane) of Blue elderberries. We have overplanted and probably make master garderners everywhere scream and thump their heads against a stump but we are planting a yard we love. We want dense privacy at that back fence, not just for critters, but for us too. My only worries is the battle we will soon start to fight with the rats that are under the gazebo in the yard next door. The people won’t do anything about them. So let the trapping begin. Rat zappers really do work.
This is Cassie’s “hill” that I hope I don’t regret. If she figures out she can jump before the fence area gets filled in, she could go over the backside. That’s a wax myrtle in the corner. I hope it lives but I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t. We tried one at the rental house just a few miles from here and it fried. Quickly. But it is great for the birds so I hope it lives. Not that you can really see it but there is black sage that will be coming down the hill.
This weekend is a bit about rock and digging a hole for the front yard water feature. The weekend after that will be bark. And planting the meadow in the front yard.
Then we hope for rain.
And maybe next year we can be certified as a Wildlife Habitat.
How big are those tree’s supposed to get? Are they dwarfs? I was just curious because I did what you’re doing a few years ago and planted a few TOO close. Digging them up to move them can be difficult. THough I LOVE gardening and landscaping! You’re definitely coming along nicely.
No, none of them are dwarfs. they are all California natives. I don’t imagine they will all make it between nature and the dog. If I have a green barrier of privacy, I’ll be happy. 🙂
Oooh! HI CASSIE!!!! hehehe
She’s learning how to wave back!
And take a nap.
But whisper seems to be a bit too much. 🙂
I really like the blue stone patio, and love the idea of the woolly moss in between. The hardest part for me when planting is standing back, waiting for Nature to fill in the blanks 🙂
Good luck with your oral surgery! Good vibes that you won’t be in too much pain.
Thanks! I have a hard time waiting for Nature to fill in too. One reason we overplanted a bit. We may have to take some things out a few years from now but we’re prepared to do that.
Not looking forward to the oral surgery at all. Bleck.
I love wooly thyme!
Sending you good thoughts as you count down to the final work day, Susan.
The wooly thyme seems to be holding up very nicely to the dog.
OOOHHHH! I want to do this next year! We collected rocks from where we tilled the garden. Are there any web sites you got the info from on how to do this? Books? What did you put between the rocks????
You want to do what? The bird bath boulder? I am going to wing it. We saw one on a garden tour last year. You need something in the ground to hold the water. Something over the water tank on which to put the rocks and the boulder. I bought a barbecue grate to go over the top and we’ll put a float in the water thing to bring the water up, when need be. We’re going to get a solar pump to pump the water up and spray a little into a boulder. You can have rock yard drill a hole in the boulder for you.
Right now the rocks are just all dumped in the holes I dug, which is dumb. I need to pick them up and lay down landscape fabric. Duh. 🙂
landscape fabric….hadn’t thought of that…I’ve heard people put some sort of substance, like a clay mixture or something in between the stones on a patio….but you would put the fabric underneath? I guess then, it wouldn’t matter what was between the stones, because the fabric would prevent weeds from coming up…. Is there a special tool or something to dig up the earth so much (I’m guessing like an inch or so) to lay the stones flat? I want a stone patio……. how long did it take you to lay those stones?