Ouch, ouch, ouch! My body aches all over ― everything hurts. I think I overdid it working in the rock gardens for almost 8 hours over 2 back-to-back days. I feel it today, after being on my hands and knees, crawling in and around rocks. The weather is predicted to turn bad this weekend and, before the snow flies, I finally got in some perennials and transplanted at least 100 irises for next spring.
It’s challenging to grow things in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8,500’ with a shorter growing season and where the nights are cool ― not to mention the critters. If it’s not deer munching above ground, the voles will getcha underneath.
A couple of weeks ago, our local 9 KUSA News ran a story on fall planting. They mentioned how hardy a plant called “Autumn Joy” is and that you can’t “kill it”. It remains to be seen for the ones we planted, along with the so-called deer-resistant Sumac bush.
Last night, deer got into the garden and stripped the Sumac bush (photo above ― top middle) and nibbled on the Autumn Joy plants (photo bottom).
No complaints here, though. It’s a trade-off to see them roaming around our yards and living with them.
Now, I’m moving onto to a sumptuous dinner tonight from hubby ― roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies ― YUM . . . ow – ow – ow.
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table