Why was I up on the roof, you may ask? Well, ok you didn't ask, but I'll explain anyway. Last Saturday I was watering the planters in front of the garage when I noticed the nails on a few of the edge shingles were coming up a bit, so I asked Carl to hold the ladder for me while I went up there to check it out.
There was a time not so long ago that I wouldn't have needed anyone to hold a ladder for me; we've always roofed houses for ourselves and friends and I'm not afraid of heights at all. But lately, I'm not as sure of myself as I once was. I guess it's age catching up with me, or maybe common sense, or a little bit of both. The last time we put a new roof on the house and garage was eleven years ago. In fact, Ann and I (yes, we've been friends and partners in crime for that long and longer) put the roof on the garage ourselves while Carl was at work and the boys were in school. I was 42 and Ann was 29----good grief, where did that time go??
Anyway, once I got up there I noticed for the first time how the sky to the northwest was looking rather grim; there was a fierce-looking thunderstorm approaching rapidly. I asked Carl to go get the camera for me so I could take pictures of the garden from the roof before the storm (possibly) destroyed the view.
|There Carl goes (all you can see is his hat, lol), off to get a hammer to fix the roof.|
I had the camera in my hand and thunder was echoing off the woods in the distance, so I figured it was high-time to take some pictures. I stood up on the roof and found that when I tried to focus with one eye closed, my equilibrium faltered ever so slightly, in other words, sit down before you fall down! So I crept to the edge of the roof on my hands and knees and took a picture:
I'm getting a little bolder now, and forgot all about hammering down the nails as I watch the storm come in closer. Carl came up on the roof and took care of the shingles while I ooohed and ahhhed over the clouds. "Just keep taking pictures," he advised.
Time to go and see how the garden held up. I never thought the tall lilies would come through all that wind, but they did. These are over 6' tall.
The 'Tiger Eye' sumac looked really neat backlit by the sun. When I bought the shrub there were promises that it didn't run like normal sumac (and we all know that was a fib) but despite it's habit of popping up here and there, I still like it.
'Annabelle' hydrangea, wet and weary, but still hanging on.
Even stuff on the front of the house came through really well, those tall grasses can take a lot of wind, too.
My goodness, I have long legs in this photo, lol.
I liked the way the impatiens flowers arranged themselves almost like orchids.
Even over on the lane bed in Daylily Land (these are reject daylilies given to us by a hybridizer friend) the garden came through ok. This bed is one of our experiments with planting a shrub and tree border. So far, well, it doesn't look bad, but it's going to need some serious pruning or something in the future. I'd have to look for an older picture, but we used to have thirty hybrid poplar trees planted along the lane and they grew to be huge and shaded out the hosta bed too much, so we took them down in 2004 and planted this shrub border instead.
I guess it all depends on whether or not we don't mind if the spruce and pine and shrubs all touch each other. In the past, I've been trying to keep a reasonable spacing between the trees, but I guess it's not really all that important. This border gives us a windbreak from the nor'easterly winds that plague us, especially in the fall and winter, and if it's crowded, I guess, what's the difference? There's 'Fat Albert' spruce, several Serbian spruces, Tiger Eye sumac and white pine, tamarack and assorted shrubberies. Yeah, we got a little carried away.
It's a long border, over 150' , and I have an infestation of sow thistle in here and no amount of smothering it with mulch or pulling it by hand seems to slow it down. I guess I'll have to get after it with some chemical or other, though I hate to use chemicals. We were thinking if we dug out the daylilies we could battle the weed more easily, but then the daylilies bloom and well........I lose all my desire to dig them out and get rid of them. For a few weeks, they are amazingly beautiful in this bed.
Hard to believe, but these are our friend's 'rejects' from his hybridizing....can you imagine what his 'keepers' look like??
I'm walking down the road here, swatting the skeeters and taking pictures as I go. The only damage I saw was the lone willow branch in the foreground.
We made it through another storm.
I was glad there was something left for the Red Hat Ladies to see this past Monday. Oh, the Red Hat Ladies! I plumb (almost) forgot about their visit, because on Tuesday we had our wonderful Texas guests, Cindy & Shawn here.
The Red Hatters were a very fun group, but it was so hot when they came. I have pictures to share on their visit, too, but this one is way too long already. I'm so far behind on blogging again, we went to Symco last Sunday, so I have tractors to talk about too, and then this weekend is the big Hamburger Celebration in town (with the possibility of hot air balloons landing here again, keeping fingers crossed for the right wind direction) and more guest photographers and this coming Sunday I have another Red Hat group coming for a tea party....so Stay Tuned....things just keep on keepin' on around here. Never a dull moment.
I'm linking up with Tootsie's Most Excellent Fertilizer Fridayand all of the fun on her blog. Don't miss it!