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Slightly ded...

Today was the *first* sunny and warm day that we've had in *weeks*!

Of course I spent almost the whole day outside in the garden. Since I haven't been able to do *anything* out there, since I would probably have drowned while weeding, I was faced with a jungle!

So I simply started at one and and worked my way forward. Brought out the scythe from the storage shed and mowed half the mini-meadow that is most of my garden. I don't have a lawn. Wouldn't know what to do with it. I prefer the natural look. ^^ But I was pleased to note that I hadn't forgotten how to use the scythe - I was even able to sharpen it properly.

Pulled a lot of stuff that was just proliferating like crazy. If I could, I would let everything grow, but then I couldn't walk out my front door anymore. So I *have* to try to at least reduce some of that nature explosion that I have out there... :)

I also ravaged the bushes with my big tree cutter. And found a rose that I'd forgotten I had - totally covered by the hyssop and the St. John's wort. I cut it free and am hoping that it will recover. The bee balm and the hyssop are starting to emigrate from their beds into the driveway and pretty much where else they feel like being. *sigh*

Now I'm pretty much feeling ded. Am scratched, punctured (rose thorns!), sliced, have a back ache, and a variety of interesting colored bruises.

Oh well... That's what I get for having a garden. *gg*











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amarissia
May. 24th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
One of these days you'll look out your window and find Angeal weeding and Cloud skipping through the tall grass. And possibly me. :)
ravensilver
May. 24th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
You'd all be very, very welcome here! ^___^
kaigou
May. 24th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I feel your pain. I really, really feel your pain.

Well, not your, personally. But I'm feeling enough of my own over here that I bet we're sharing like the brain-link of pain. Or garden-link. Whatever. Pain.
ravensilver
May. 24th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
*gg*

I love having a garden - but I'm not what would be considered a *proper* gardner here. I don't have an English lawn, my trees aren't all lined up like an army and my flowers don't grow on command.

The problem is, when I let it run wild, it's *WILD*... *gg*

Oh well. Have to finish up one bed and do a little more cleaning up and weeding and that will be it for today. I woke up in pain, and I'll probably go back to bed in pain. On the other hand, I will have spent the day in *SUNSHINE*! ^___^ And since we haven't had any in weeks, that makes it all better. :)
whispurr267
May. 24th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I can feel your pain across the miles, but I used to love my herb garden.

I've tried to eliminate as much of my yards (front and back) as possible,but still need a gardner to come in twice a month for lawnmowing and weedwacking. Now it appears my neighbor decided to no longer cut the hedges (just 'on my side') that are between our houses. Since I bought the house (over twenty years ago,) the owners have always cut them. Still trying to decide what I should do about that since I'll have to pay extra to have that done. The half and half look is very odd.

Had bee balm (that's the fuzzy stuff, right?) in my herb garden back ten years or so ago because the seeds came in a packaged herbal set. That stuff grows, attracts tons of bees and I never could figure out what to do with it.

I did buy one of those hydroponic units to grow things inside and if I ever can clear enough space to set it up, I will be a happy camper. It kills me what they charge for a smidgeon of fresh basil here. I used to have it and dill knee-hi right outside my kitchen door.
ravensilver
May. 24th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
I really love having a garden - and I'm *quite* happy that this one isn't as large as the one we had with the other house. But I'm more of an indifferent gardener - I prefer things to just grow and never mind how it looks. However, living right in a proper German village, that just won't do. *gg* But I *have* defied convention by not having a lawn, by having mowed only *half* of my mini-meadow yesterday, and by only cutting back what absolutely *has* to be cut back.

I also have lots of lemon balm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_balm) and it's also starting to take over my garden. I use it for tea and sachets and putting it into my bath water. And in summer cordials, and fruit salads.

Bee Balm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_balm) is also very healthy and I use it also for sachets, as tea, and as an alcoholic extract. :)

Dill! I haven't had any, but maybe if I throw out the seeds now, I might be lucky and have some by August?

I have to have my hedge cut once a year - usually by the end of summer - otherwise they'll start to stick out into the sidewalk and are too tall for the tractor drivers to look over to check for traffic.

I think I'll go and sit outside with my herb catalogue now and pick out a few more lovely things to add to my haphazard collection. :)
sharona1x2
May. 24th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
You and I spent much of the weekend doing the same thing, so I sympathize with the pain you're in. At least you could pretend that you were Duo when you were using your scythe. ^_^
ravensilver
May. 24th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
^___^

Ever since I've watched GW, using the scythe has never been quite the same. :)

Back to the fight! I still have half a bed of rampant greenage to go! :)
sunhawk16
May. 25th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Is that the cat's eye view? You know what impresses me the most? That you could get down there to take those pictures and still get back up again! ^o^ It takes me longer to get back up off the ground that it would have taken me to actually take the pictures! :D
ravensilver
May. 25th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Yupp, that's the cat's eye view. ^^

What I've been doing is slow squats every morning. I do them in the time from turning the shower on until the water is sufficiently hot for me to step in.

I started with 10 slow squats every morning. Then, every monday, I added one more. Now I'm up to 19. :) When I can manage 20, then I'll keep it there for a while. I've noticed that it's certainly improved my ability to get down *and* up again, and it's also helping my back a little. :)
sunhawk16
May. 27th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
I've managed to screw up both my knees, so the very idea of squatting makes me giggle insanely! ^o^
ravensilver
May. 27th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
Ah, that I can understand. It's one of the reasons why I'm doing the losing weight bit - my knees have kind of twinged lately, letting me know that they aren't too happy about carrying all that weight around.

I've been thinking about adding arm weights to my squats... >.>
sunhawk16
May. 28th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I need to add something to something... I've hit one of those stalling spots after about 20 pounds. *sigh*
ravensilver
May. 28th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
Ah... when you stall, you have to keep going - it's going to move again after a while. That happens to me, too. Sometimes it takes a week, sometimes two, then things get moving again. That's the really hard part...
sunhawk16
May. 28th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hell... you have to keep working just to stay in place! O.o
ravensilver
May. 29th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
True. Especially with meals like last nights - and tomorrow's coming up... >.>
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