So I went to the hardware store to get diatomaceous earth for the garden, and also to get a few other things (like a replacement valve for the sprinklers that have been one hassle after another since we put them in). While I was there I got a wheelbarrow, PVC stuff (purple primer, glue, connectors, blah blah blah), a couple hibiscus plants, and a set of pliers. I had even written a list since I needed more than two things.
So what did I forget? Diatomaceous earth, the very first thing on the list. Sometimes I wonder where my brain is...
The hibiscus plants have been planted in front of the gigantic stump in the front yard. The original plan was that the ivy would grow over the stump and cover it from view. However, the ivy is not liking full sunlight, so the yard currently consists of 1) patches of about seven different types of grass, 2) dying ivy, and 3) bare patches. Some of the bare patches have composted manure heaped on top of the cracking earth. This looks about as good as you'd think it would.
The diatomaceous earth was supposed to protect the last surviving sunflower plant.
Just so you don't think I have a completely black thumb, this is a lavender plant in the garden. The bees love this thing.
And this is what artichokes look like if you don't harvest them. The bees really like these as well.
And finally, K-poo had the temerity to complain about my choice of Spock pictures in the recent photoshopping post. Is this one any better?