Gardeners Roll Call: Monday, July 10, 2017

Posted by on July 10, 2017



Sunday, 0.1 in.



The rain gauge at work said we received 0.6 in. I watered anyway, even though the plantings looked fine. With the heat expected this week, it won’t go wasted.

In the evening, I prepared what I plan to talk about for the video with Jayne and the 3rd quarter Bee Better meeting, Saturday 15th, at 10:00 am.

I rescued more Helenium annua from the side of the road. I have fallen in love with this native wildflower. I’m planting them along the path in the Red Bed in the Bee Better Teaching Garden.


2017 Fourth of July!!! We have the fourth off, but I choose to work instead. So did Julian, Ryan, and Wendy. For me, we ween’t doing anything, now that the the kids are grown. In ever year past, we would be at the pool, listening to live music and drinking the best Pepsi in the world. It was fun and relaxing. Now it’s just David who wants to go and he goes for the laps. So I’m banking my holiday to use another time. I like that we can do that. The rule wasn’t made for us, it was made for the all the other staff who have to work on holidays. Fearrington is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Even with the sweltering heat, I managed to weed the three berms. It was hot and tough going, but I took a lot of breaks and hydrated. I didn’t go back outside until I was cooled off.

Since I’m not in tomorrow, I did water where needed. We thought we got some rain here last night, but it turned out it was just enough to wet everything, and didn’t even measure a part of a tenth of an inch.

In one day, between Wendy and I, we rescued a monarch, a fritillary and another caterpillar, probably a moth, using wisteria as a host plant.

David surprised me when I got home with a Fourth of July feast: hamburgers, baked beans, and chips. Well, this is really a regular day with burgers on the grill, but when it’s on the Fourth, they are extra special. I brought home fresh corn on the cob and tomatoes from the Tuesday Fearrington Village Farmers Market. I always look forward to Tuesdays. The corn on the cob, Ambrosia, was the best ever!!! I’ll look for that vendor again next week.

I jammed the tip of my middle finger on my left hand. It feels broken, but there is nothing to be done except immobilize it…like that is gonna happen!


My day IN. Planting Helenium autumnales, doing a video with Jayne, and getting a bone density exam. Yup, variety is the spice of life! This is one plant I’ve never seen growing on the roadsides, but in Carrboro, I see it everywhere. These came from the road side near Fearrington where loggers enter and leave, putting these yellow beauties in peril. And you gotta love the name, right?


I took on a big project at The Dovecote; well, maybe it wasn’t that big, but I feel better now doing so. There were three areas I wanted to address. The first was the arched curves entering The Dovecote. The second was coming to peace with the new hell-strip at the street; and third was the mulch in the beds in front of shop. This pretty much took most of the day.


It was a quiet day. With the lack of rain and the weekend coming, it was a day for watering.


Gardened in the Bee Better Teach Garden for five hours. This time was spent mostly watering and weeding along the Red Bed path. I wouldn’t normally need to water with the waterwise design, but since I put in th rescue Heleniums, it was much needed. I also pull stuff out that was growing too much! This was also for summer annual haircuts. Sprawling annuals really benefit from this to carry them through the fall.

Went to the Rialto to see The Big Sick. It was so, so good. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Rialto sold out!


Worked in my new client’s garden. We got a lot done in four hours. Planted 50 rescue Christmas ferns, and moved several other plants around. For next week, I’ll bring 5 more Autumn ferns to add to those existing. Once this is done this space will be done until fall, when we will add two more Camellia sasanqua ‘Shishigarshia’.

We discussed the area we’ll work on next week. On Wednesday, I’ll pick up plants for that area as well.

Had a nice visit with my friend, Beth.

Lily and I went to see The Zookeeper’s Wife. Fabulous though heart wrenching.


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