We’ve had lots of rain this month so the vegetable garden is growing well.
Unfortunately the rabbits that live in the woods have been nibbling heartily at everything Charlie plants.
He has built his bamboo trellises and surrounded the crops with all sorts of wire barriers.
I’ve eaten the few snow peas that the rabbits missed.
On the bright side, the cucumbers are starting to gain some size. Charlie says we’ll be eating them within the week.
Do you preserve garden vegetables?
The east side of the house where I am cultivating a hydrangea hedge has been designated “the elimination area”.
This is the place where we take Dash to “do his business”.
Charlie has come up with a system to help us avoid stepping in the remnants from earlier visits.
When the dog has a successful outing we mark it with a skewer. Charlie felt the plain skewers were not visible enough so he spray painted the tops red.
Every couple of days Charlie polices this area.
Do you have a clever pet managing device?
I have always wanted a blue hydrangea hedge at the side of the house.
We have the perfect spot where hydrangea flowers turn a vivid blue and last a long time.
Now, not quite 3 years later, each leaf has grown into a full-fledged bush.
The view from the upper deck shows great improvement. The space between each bush is filling in nicely.
Surely we will be using some hydrangeas flowers in arrangements to brighten the house inside.
And maybe giving some away.
Turns out that I see this far side of the house often. So does the puppy.
What’s growing better in your yard: cultivated plants or weeds?
Now that the wallpaper in the pink bathroom is finished I’m ready for Charlie to reset the toilet with new wax ring.
He removed the toilet last weekend and stuck a rag in the drain hole to block escaping sewer gases.
The tile around the toilet needed a good cleaning which I did with bathroom cleaner.
I followed up with some diluted chlorine bleach to whiten the grout.
Charlie cleaned up around the sewer pipe which seemed offset from the original pipe.
When the old cast iron flange was cleaned up we noticed it was extremely worn on the spot where the new bolts were supposed to hook in. Maybe that’s why it was rocking before we removed it.
I looked up how to change the flange and found this very informative article and video. I’m not sure Charlie is up to this renovation but I’m going to let him decide.
How are your plumbing skills?
On the last day of May a black snake ate the baby birds in a nest on our porch.
Unfortunately we had to kill that snake.
Then while Charlie was cleaning out the grill he came upon another snake that had made his home inside the grill.
This snake had a grey and white ladder pattern on its back.
After some quick research I discovered it is a juvenile black rat snake.
This black rat snake is exactly the kind of snake which attacked the little birdies on our porch. All of a sudden they’re coming close to the house. Ew.
How happy are you to come upon a serpent?
Last July I ordered a chaste tree because I had learned that butterfly bushes are invasive.
It is a deciduous bush so during winter it just looks like bare sticks. It remained bare so long I figured it was dead.
All of a sudden the plant started to leaf out.
It’s still small but I have hope it will double in size this year. And we’re waiting for flowers.
What’s on your wish list?
Sug is almost on her way to another mission trip.
Before she leaves however she has been beautifying the back yard.
The lamb’s ear in the entrance to the potager has been tamed and the pathway through the gate is at last visible.
And of course the flowers in front of the Cottage are getting better.
Are you weeding or planting?