Gardeners should always keep a photo of each project they accomplish.
At the start of this post, I was feeling a bit low since I'm going back to school tomorrow.
I really could not think of ONE THING I had accomplished this summer except for the never ending fence project.
Call me silly, but I count anything that is out of the ordinary 'a project'. Summer is absolutely the worst time to do garden projects in Houston. The heat, the humidity, the mosquitoes, lack of a nice breeze, and the need to stop and wipe your face every moment does not make it into those glamour garden magazine images very often. But that's the reality down here in the South.
It's my only available time (until I retire) so you just grin and bear it.
Here are the 18 projects I worked on this summer.
Project 1: Brick work. It was actually cooler yesterday morning, so I did this project in one day. Sweeping the sand in between the cracks is the ultimate in garden therapy.
Here's a recap of some of the smaller summer projects. These took less than a week to finish.
From left to right:
Top row: new plumeria & agave bed projects/ balancing bromeliad project/ blue chair project
Middle row: Cleared 25 small trees on the property line...the home next to me is being demolished/ brick work projects/ took down basketball goal and reused sand
Bottom row: pots and chicken porch project/ blue painted pots project/ trail along fence project
Here are the rest of the small projects and some of the BIG projects.
From left to right:
Top row: the greenhouse potting shed (not finished)/ trimming the Nuttall Oak tree so that birds don't mess up our cars/ stone walkway project
Middle row: Annual replanting of perennials (that sounds funny...but some perennials do die! :0)/ the new greenhouse wall/ the new fence project...AMEN!
Bottom row: rustic birdhouse project/ the Opuntia project/ the garden mural project (ongoing)
Whew! So there you have it. A summer of projects. Now it's time for me to go sit at my desk and make lesson plants...er...plans. I'll miss my garden but not all the PROJECTS and the summer heat.
My next project is to wait for cooler weather on our porch swing. This will be an ongoing project from now until around September 21st.
That's it for this time.
Remember....always take photos of your garden projects.
You'll be surprised how much you have accomplished.