The bartender yells for him to stop. The panda bear asks, “What do you want?” The bartender replies, “First you come in here, order food, kill my waiter, then try to go without paying for your food.”
The panda bear turns around and says, “Hey! I’m a Panda. Look it up!” The bartender goes into the back room and looks up panda bear in the encyclopedia, which read: “Panda: a bear-like marsupial originating in Asian regions. Known largely for it’s stark black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.”
Hosta shoots emerging after a persistent Winter.
Last week the weather broke just long enough for me to make some real headway with a couple of backyard projects that I was eager to complete. What made it more satisfying was that these were somewhat 'time sensitive' jobs that needed to be done soon. I was worried that the lingering cold weather would force me to postpone them until next year......and it looks like that may actually be true for one project: rearranging my daylilies. However, I did manage to not only do some moves around my ponds......as I described in my last post, but also rearrange my entire shade garden.
I have a small strip along the back of our house that I have been adding to over the years, but what I noticed was that I seemed to be concentrating all of my efforts on the center third. The other two thirds were either boring or feeble.........made worse by the fact that the center third was OVERdone! This needed to be balanced and fixed.
What made this project interesting was the lack of any immediate confirmation of what the end result would be. I was moving various hostas, astilbes, ferns, and spiderworts..... all while they were in the very early stages of emergence: just shoots....no leaves. ( I had made notes last year as to what varieties of hosta were where since you can't tell that easily from just nubs.) So when I was done and showed Rosa what I worked on all day, all she could see was a very similar-looking stretch of mulched dirt along the back of our house, not much different than what it looked like before! I also relocated a small fountain we got as a gift from Nickki and Jean a few years ago, and that was the only move that rewarded me with immediate feedback. Everything else was moved on memory and hope.
I am very pleased that I got it all done in a single day......with a bit of help from my stepson, but there was no 'instant gratification' like you get when you paint a room or build a structure. So now it's just a matter of time whether the result makes me happy.......or prompts more notes for next year!