May 15th, 2018

blackhat

A long summer weekend

My mouth is better! Hurrah! Just in time for little points of poison ivy on my arms. It's not a large rash, but small points that look more like bug bites. I think it's poison ivy because of the tiny blisters. I continue to titrate down from the SSRI. Mostly i am noting when i get impatient and frustrated. I don't know if that's a symptom of the withdrawal or the freeing up of emotion.

I managed to take a long weekend the first four consecutive summery days of greater than 90°F. Despite sweltering, much progress was made on the orchard. Collapse )

I had hoped the new chipper would arrive, but the heavy part apparently sat around in Raleigh all yesterday. Fie. Snarls of honeysuckle and grape vine -- that i can't imagine chipping or shredding successfully -- were burned in small pyres of long-dead wood. Another pyre is ready to be set off for the last snarls pulled from the downed treetops yesterday evening.

I rescued some sensitive ferns (two by the drive and the rest at the north west corner of the glade near rescued southern lady ferns) and partridge berry (now in a pot), and then collected a number of Christmas ferns for [personal profile] annie_r's shady lot. I also found a clump of blue eyed grass (a tiny iris) that i moved to the meadow-to-be. I moved moss and small ferns to the bottom of the copse i hope will shade the deck. The rest of the rescue work will be digging up some very nice fescue i started a few autumns ago -- and something that looks like false Solomon's seal.

I look around at every plant i can't quite identify and suspect it of being something that i would pay $10 or $20 for. I'm trying to tell myself that when we clear the thicket between the glade and the orchard of autumn olive, stilt grass, and honeysuckle, all the sedges and ferns and other plants in the seed bank will respond to the light. I don't need to rescue EVERYTHING.

I've spent much time pondering plantings. Collapse )

One of the grading tasks is making a berm - or berms - that block the flow of water from the orchard flowing down the slope to the house. I'm going to ask for the berms run east to west - more precisely than the fence lines and house lines -- and they'll bury the rotting trunk of a two foot diameter tree that was cut down before we moved here. Maybe also some of the sweetgum, too. I've grown smitten with "Pow Wow" Echinacea. There's an dramatic magenta to orange thing going on, and that's inspired my selection of colorful berm planting seeds. In general, my plant choices are driven by practical and ecological calculations, less dramatic coloration. The nine packets of seeds i've ordered are a dramatic combination to hopefully start a very showy planting.

There was more than orchard work -- family and elephants and peppers in the garden and peanuts and beans and hibiscus coming up -- but i really ought to move all my focus to work.