One of the things that I have found most difficult about living alone, after almost 38 years of marriage, is how lonely it gets, and how boring it is to be lonely. It’s especially trying in mid-winter, when the days are short, because you really do feel cut off from a lot of activity when it’s dark out. Plus, I’d go make some art, but the studio is in the basement and it’s fecking freezing down there.
So I’m sitting here thinking about my spring garden, and the ongoing issue of my gooseberry bush. They get quite large, so I don’t want to use space in the “farm” and there isn’t space in the Breezeway garden. I had been thinking about putting it in the other sideyard (I don’t have front and back yards, I have sideyards), but there have been issues with plants getting vandalized by schoolkids in that area.
Issues that come up in unfamiliar gardens: because of the place I need to shovel snow, I discovered that there are two plants that will need to be moved, because the weight of the shoveled snow has crushed them. These are the things that you just don’t know about a new space. I’ve propped one of them (the lavender) with my Christmas tree branches to support it, but the other (one of the divided caryopteris) was broken to about 8". we’ll see if it survives.
If it’s toast, maybe that’s where the gooseberry goes, lol.
Blue Mist "Janietta" Under Attack
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Lavender- English Under Attack