I’m sorry to say it, but my garden has gone to hell in a hand basket this year.
I usually get tired of gardening around mid-August. I figure a frost is coming soon (that is a ridiculous exaggeration, FYI) so why bother to continue weeding, etc. But this year I have been motivated to give up weeding much earlier than usual because I have an unwelcome visitor! A snake!
He appeared in my neighbor Arlene’s yard first, but he moved over to mine just hours later. I think it’s a bull snake. I’m no snake expert, but I did a little google research and that looks like the likeliest culprit. When I saw him he was sunning himself under my clothes line. I came around the corner and he freaked and ran (well, slithered) under the photo cottage!
Good gracious! Why did he have to pick there? He’s probably under that hosta right now!
He looked to be at least 4′ long. OK, that’s another exaggeration, but he was pretty big. Even nnK didn’t want to get near him, and she doesn’t mind snakes.
So the garden is getting a little scruffy. It still has some bright spots though. The hydrangeas are going gang busters this year.
And the lemon slice million bells are taking over the boiler pot window boxes.
The fairy garden is looking lush, but then again, I don’t really have to worry about finding a snake in there so it gets more attention!
Cossetta is looking a little worse for the wear with a spider webbed face and her wonky crown. She’s trying to cloak herself in ferns out of embarrassment.
Can you blame her?
I have a Tiger Eye Sumac that has totally engulfed my arbor. The clematis is tangled up with it, but still blooming away happily.
You’ll notice that I have skillfully avoided showing you the weeds. I’m also not taking pictures of the plants that have been totally decimated by the dreaded Asian Beetle, but trust me, they are there! But nobody wants to see photos of that stuff, right?
If you stand back and squint your eyes a bit, the garden still looks pretty good.
Just don’t get too close, and beware of snakes!