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Well, now I actually have to write something, don't I? [Jun. 26th, 2010|12:12 pm]
Zoethe
This is harder than I imagined, partially because I'm suffering from June-itis. June is one of the months of the year that make me feel panicky - here the summer is turning, the days will be getting shorter, and I haven't done nearly enough of anything and time is slipping by.

This is not helped, however, by the fact that it's really hot and humid and even though I think I want to go outside and do garden-y things, outside feels really hostile and miserable.

I'm pretty much resigned to not getting in a garden this year, so I guess I will concentrate my energies on rehabilitating the fountain and considering what to do about the pergola. My lovely wisteria, which had completely covered it, has died - both bushes, and for no reason I can imagine. I suspect Gnargles. I'm giving it the summer to see if some remnant of life springs from the roots, but if not then this fall I will have to chop it down and dispose of it. Poor thing.

After that, there is deciding what to do with the pergola. It was initially installed with the intent of hanging a porch swing, but that swing has died an unfortunate death. Do I replace the swing? Especially in light of a potential bee hive in the back yard?

The thing about the swing was, I would go out there to swing and just enjoy the yard, but after a few minutes of swinging I would notice some weeds, get up and do a bit of weeding, then settle back in the swing, then notice some more, do a bit more work. It was an enjoyable and relaxing process. But without the swing, I really feel no impulse to go and just stand around in the back yard. So it's being neglected, because there's nothing inviting about it.

Maybe it's time to get a couple of all-weather Adirondack chairs, as minimally appealing as they are, so that I can go out there and tell myself that I'm just going to relax and read a book. And maybe pull a few weeds....
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-06-26 04:41 pm (UTC)
One way to get a garden (sort of) is to cheat and buy the plants already started in large pots. A few tomato plants on the patio, a pot of two of flowers, can give you some of the satisfaction of gardening without the back breaking work. For someone as busy as you, it might be a good solution.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 06:21 pm (UTC)
Lacking a patio, this is a bit of a problem, but you definitely make a point.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2010-06-26 04:47 pm (UTC)
I vote for replacing the swing. It sounds like a lovely way to spend warm summer days.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 06:22 pm (UTC)
It really was. I miss it.
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[User Picture]From: idic_writer
2010-06-26 05:19 pm (UTC)

I suspect Gnargles.

You crack me up. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 06:23 pm (UTC)

Re: I suspect Gnargles.

I wondered if anyone would notice.
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[User Picture]From: sterling_raptor
2010-06-26 06:17 pm (UTC)
Sky chair. All the way!

I envy the people who can grow things. It's like some kind of alien and strange magic.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
Mostly I grow weeds. Some of those weeds have culinary uses, which is handy.
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2010-06-26 07:08 pm (UTC)
Foo - somebody else already commented on the "I suspect Gnargles." line. Hysterical. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm funny!!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-26 07:23 pm (UTC)
You don't like Adirondack chairs? I suppose I shouldn't argue, as my liking for them is impossibly entangled with my liking the actual Adirondacks.

Heh, nargles. Still working my way through v.3.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 07:36 pm (UTC)
Adirondack chairs are fine. The green plastic ones are not so great.
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[User Picture]From: raspberrypie
2010-06-26 11:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know your yard setup, but maybe you could purchase a hammock chair and a frame for it? Both are fairly reasonable, and the chair can be compacted pretty decently for storage in the wintertime. Also, you could avoid the section of yard where there are bees [hopefully].
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 12:34 am (UTC)
It's a possibility - we have the framing that would hold it.
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[User Picture]From: parachles
2010-06-27 12:29 am (UTC)

I'm sorry about the Gnargles...

They mess up my garden every year. I keep hoping my cats will manage the infestation, but they seem more interested in moles, squirrels and mice.
Hopefully we'll leave our Gnargle infestation behind when we move (next week! *runs around, waving arms frantically*)

As a replacement for the wisteria, you may want to consider clematis. When mom bought her house, there was a HUGE clematis in the back yard... it's still there, doing it's climb-y clematis thing. The plant must be almost 100 years old by now. The only maintenance it requires is some watering and to be pruned occasionally.
Mom found it so easy to maintain that she decided to have several other trellises of it around her garden.

Another alternative that may appeal is grape plants. (Mom has those too...)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 12:36 am (UTC)

Re: I'm sorry about the Gnargles...

I have clematis in another part of the garden. I'm not sure if this section is sunny enough for it, but I might give it a shot next year.

Grapes are appealing because, GRAPES! But again, I don't know if we have enough sun there (there is a garage blocking the south side).
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2010-06-27 01:11 am (UTC)
We have a swing in our backyard. I think it's the third one we had in our twenty year marriage. They are one of the best things ever. In fact, I think I will go out to mine now with a couple of magazines.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 03:00 am (UTC)
I do miss mine.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-27 01:33 am (UTC)
そう。ルイスが考えるほど、そのこと気にしてない。
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-06-27 05:55 am (UTC)
Having trained your roomba to give you money, maybe you could let it roam free and clear out the weeds! (probably it will need a software upgrade, but hey, even slaves need something from time to time)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-27 02:51 pm (UTC)
There is a sort of version that cuts lawns, but I can't see an easy way for it to distinguish between plants I want to keep and the unwanted.
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