wandered through the thyme pathways and poked a few in the bare spots
Sunday, May 4, 2008 7:06 AM May the fourth be with you! I went outside to listen to a bird in the rain. I didn’t recognize it, although I probably know it. Isn’t that the way it is every year? You have to relearn the warblers you just learned last year and the year before? I have no idea, but I have the Thayer birding cd and my birdsong book. I wandered around to the labyrinth to see if the thyme was taking hold. I found lots of little green leaves. Those long little stems which I planted, hoping new little roots will grow, will take awhile, of course. http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=HT1hE3SDsXk (when I watered them the other day with a harsh amount of water...but they are thriving!) I wore my wide brimmed rainhat which is covered with lovely big yellow flowers. I'm always watering the flowers when it rains on my rainhat! I did a Nancy Today video about the thyme pathways up the hill. I weeded them a bit. I'm always reluctant to pull up the little perennials that have seeded themselves in the pathway and in the thyme. I'm quite impressed with how nicely the thyme is doing. Those clumps which began as little single sprigs, are now a foot across. Last summer when we were moving lilacs, I created a little arched pathway up to the hammock in Lilac Cove. However, it was mid or late summer and far too hot for it, so the thyme I planted up there all died. Incredible to me, those new little plants in front of the chairs on the landing at the top of the hill are now foot round patches. It was easy to take some of that tight growth and plant ten little sprigs to go around the lilac and create that short little arched path. The soil (sand mixed with a few grains of soil) is nice and wet today so the thyme may take root quite well. I suppose I should also plant it along the pathway down into the valley and up the other side. I don’t plan on doing these things, though, because it becomes work, but when I'm out there looking at things, it’s nice to see it growing so well and move things around a little bit. I have to be careful not to be out in the heat and let my heart recover from my heart attack. Imagine, 52 and a stress related heart attack!