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Monday, April 16, 2018

No Pandas

A panda bear walks into a bar and orders a sandwich. The waiter brings him the sandwich. The panda bear eats it, pulls out a pistol, kills the waiter, and gets up and starts to walk out.

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 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 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!


  1. Hi KD,
    Time: the enemy of all gardeners. One moment you have too much, but it is cold and wet, and the next moment there is too little, just when it is warming up and a zillion other projects take priority.
    We are in the downward spiral into Winter but still managed to get the winter greens planted last weekend. Now just give me time for all the other jobs that need to be done before the dreaded chill sets in.

    1. Good luck with the change in season. We haven't had much change at all. It's really cold again today: April 17th! I went to do some stuff and came back in with my nose, fingers and toes chilled like it was Winter.

  2. Still waiting for enough of a warm up to plant anything here so went ahead to repair a couple screens that were looking a little ratty and ended up replacing all the screening in the house. Glad you got some planting done and hope it turns out like you want. Last year I dug up everything around the house and back filled as there was a lot erosion so right now there is a lot of bare ground to fill in. Hope it warms up soon 1/4 inch on ice this morning. OH WELL.

    1. Thanks, Joe. I'm optimistic. And if not? That's what next year (and shovels) are for! lol