|The smaller birds presumably took offense at the hawk's proximity to their nest. They hounded him mercilessly. You can see two of them above and below him on the left here.|
|And here you can see them on either side of him. He took off soon after this.|
I engaged in a battle of my own over the weekend when I decided to stop procrastinating and move the stunted Yucca 'Bright Star' squeezed in between its two larger siblings. If you've never handled one of these plants let me warn you: they have vicious terminal spines. Despite taking my time and exercising caution, both my hands and my calves were stabbed many times, but I got the job done (assuming the relocated Yucca doesn't up and die on me).
|Although planted at the same time and size as the larger plants, the one in the middle remained substantially smaller and was being overtaken by the nearby Leucadendrons and Coleonema 'Sunset Gold'|
|I moved 3 underperforming bearded Iris tubers to provide the smaller Yucca a bigger spot to spread its roots|
|The new configuration adds a greater sense of depth to the bed, at least from this angle|
Meanwhile, projects driven by my husband continue. He started work on building new compost bins for me but completing that project required clearing out the concrete pavers that currently occupy the space designated for the bins. He started by redistributing the stone recovered when we dismantled our indoor barbecue during our remodel, which has been piled up behind our garage since last July.
|The rock occupied a lot of space behind the garage and his initial intent was to move the rock into the garden and stack the concrete pavers here instead|
|I moved a few stones into the front slope (top left) but he used the bulk of them to edge the mounded back border. It's a long border and only a couple of sections are shown here. He stacked the rocks but it was my job to backfill them in place..|
|He knew I wasn't happy about having the moss path covered in stone (as shown on the left) so he moved most of that out|
|Assuming the new paved path works out, all the gravel we shoveled into these plastic pots will be used to fill in the barer pathway areas in my cutting garden|
|The area behind the garage is suddenly looking better than it ever has|
I picked up supplies ordered by phone from my local garden center yesterday morning so I can start some of the other projects on my docket. With rain in spits and spurts all day and the temperature dipping to winter-like levels, I didn't accomplish much outside yesterday and, with rain expected to continue through Thursday, I may have to turn my energy to cleaning the house but I look forward to getting back outside by Friday, if not earlier. Keeping busy is one way to maintain one's sanity in the era of Covid-19.
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