Tuesday, July 10, 2018

If a tree falls in the forest....

The backpackers returned late Sunday afternoon. While we were all unloading the car, one of my Japanese maples just fell over. 😳  It was a strong-looking sapling from the maple that broke off in the ice storm years ago; I'm thinking this variety must be prone to breakage. I had Brian haul it down for the boys to enjoy:
Now to get my guys to grub out the stump so I can plant one of my several varieties still languishing in pots....

I've received a deposit on Butler; three cheers for Nightcap's last son getting his own harem! After he leaves next week, Bogie will (carefully) join the big boys, and I'll only have two groups of sheep instead of three. Progress....

I'm also making progress on getting fleeces out the door. I've sold three more this week, so am down to two last 2018 fleeces, plus two fleeces from last year. Meanwhile, for Tour de Fleece I'm spinning Braveheart's hogget fleece from ten years ago; yeah, I figured it was high time. I pulled the 5+oz. of his roving I hadn't sold to spin with my miniSpinner, so my horn spindle is working on the alpaca all by itself.

Lovely oatmeal color

The garden is still lookin' good. I'm keeping up with the weeds in the main vegetable patch and everything is flourishing. I have three strings up for the snow peas and need to add a fourth; one of my squash plants is blooming and there are LOTS of flowers on the cucumbers. Tons of tomatoes are being big green teases, and there's quite a few little peppers, too. Strange that the "bush" beans are putting out tendrils, though....








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7 comments:

Retired Knitter said...

Love the look of that garden. So neat! Do you do herbs as well?

Debbie said...

Your garden looks beautiful! Your tomatoes are way ahead of mine.

And your spinning, well done!

Have a good week.

Mama Pea said...

Tomato envy, tomato envy! Heck, even my cherry tomatoes are still just ball bearing size! Looks to me like the seed company got a few pole bean seeds mixed in with those bush beans!

Theresa said...

So sorry about the maple. I hate losing trees period. We have some firs that will go this year. Drought. Next years firewood I guess. Lovely spinning for TdF. This is my first year participating. I'm enjoying the relaxed vibe.

Michelle said...

Well, shoot. I tried a reset on my comments and they STILL aren't getting emailed to me!

RK, I have parsley and basil in the garden, and have harvested some of both. I also have a LOT of rosemary and edible lavender in permanent beds, and neglected chives in a pot in the yard.

If only they would RIPEN, Debbie!

That's what I'm thinking none too happily, Mama Pea....

Me, too, on trees, Theresa. And our hill is losing far too many to development. Glad you are enjoying TdF! Some years it's the only time I've spun, so I appreciate the motivation muchly.

Susan said...

Oh, what a shame about your lovely little tree! I love Japanese maples. Sounds like you are BUSY! And your garden! I wish...

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Wow, look at the size of those tomatoes! Garden envy! I have a whole lot of fleece and roving from my Iowa years that is at least 10 years old now. I sure would like more time to spin!