[gardeners] Re: Sunday in the garden [sic]

penny x stamm (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 25 Jun 2001 02:48:22 -0400

You're right,George, busy gardening. 

We've had such foul weather recently that we could not
get outside and prune back the azaleas which are now 
overhanging the driveway. The rule of thumb is, of course,
that one must prune them within a very few weeks after they
have bloomed, or else one will not get any flowers next year. 

Today we awoke to sunshine!  Out came the hedge clippers,
big rake, big garbage pail, hand clippers, and 150 ft of electric
cord. Jimmie pruned while I guided, because he does not have 
a sense of direction -- and there is a devil in him which urges him 
to go over an area which he has already finished, ending in 
scalping ....   After awhile, I took over the hedge clippers and
Jim switched to weeding the rock garden alongside. When we
were quitting for lunch, Jimmie could not find his eyeglasses.  
Oh dear, always something -- at least it wasn't a hearing aid! 

Two hours later a neighbor found them for us -- whew!  They
were buried in the heart of a large fern .....

At this point, I returned to the heavy duty pruning while Jim
mowed the back yard. My arms wanted to scream from the 
weight of the electric shears, but I could not stop until I could
see some good progress. Of course while I was at it, I pruned
the rhododendrons and the hollies behind the azaleas.  Created
two 32-gallon pails stuffed full of woody debris. Jim cleaned
gullies and filled still another pail!  It's a mighty good thing that
the garbage men love us.

I do think we both pushed the envelope way too far today. We
are having problems getting up out of the chair. And there's
so much more to do!

Penny, NY


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