But until that time, I have this nagging obligation to get as much done as possible. I spent all day Tuesday cleaning and reorganizing our little barn/garden shed. Amazing how messy we are, at least it will be ready for next season.
|The pond has come up due to all the rain, but I didn't get around to cutting back the waterlilies. Oh, well.|
|I'm going to wish I'd gotten those lily pads cut back come next spring. But there's ice on the Quarry pond now.|
Which brings me to the biggest unfinished mess of all, Castle Aaargh. We were supposed to finish the silly thing this summer, yippers, that was The Plan. But we all know that didn't happen. We did get about a foot of wall done this fall, 'only' another five feet or more to go......
|The mess last week Tuesday. People have to walk through this area. Doh!|
Last week Carl and I had a discussion about the rocks lying on the lawn around Castle Aaargh. Some of the pallets have been there for over three years (why is this taking us so long?) and the grass has grown through the pallets along with bull thistles and even some bramble bushes. Almost every pallet was rotten and the rocks were in complete disarray. Carl likes having a huge selection of stone nearby to the project when we are mortaring, and I don't blame him because it is more efficient, but even he agreed it was time to clean this mess up.
We have to be realistic; we're not going to have time to get any stonework done before the weddings/garden walks no matter how badly we want to. By the time I get the annuals planted and the gardens weeded and all mulched and presentable, it will be about five minutes before the first tour bus pulls up. I know how it's going to go. It's going to be a zoo.
I wish we could freeze the garden at it's peak and have it ready for tours at the drop of a hat, wouldn't that be great? The trouble is this garden really doesn't look all that great until late July.
|There won't be any of these blooming in June.|
|Nice teeth, eh? Very pointy.|
|More time spent on the 574.|
|Crates, pallets, rocks. Get 'em outta there.|
|Joel moving rocks, Spring 2012|
|Outside circle around Aaargh....these have to go too.|
|Pallets here, there, everywhere.|
|Take them from here and..........|
|Plop them out there.|
|There were rocks on both sides of the yellow cedars, all the way around the 100 foot circle.|
|Getting dark, but getting done. See the bare spots on the lawn where the pallets were?|
|Maybe the grass will recover in time for the festivities in 2014.|
|It looked easy on paper....heck, I 'built' four renditions here back in 2005.|
|Early days.......lotsa pallets.|
|Dusty togetherness, two years ago.|
We're only throwing in the trowel for now.
There's always next year, right?